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A Look at Pluto
ISBN: 9780531122457
Author: Tocci, Salvatore
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Published: March 2003
Retail: $34.50    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: This Series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Earth and Space Science History and Nature of Science Science and Technology Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Social Studies: Global Connections Individual, Groups, & Institutions Science, Technology, & Scoiety Time, Continuity, & Change
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Physical Information: 0.47" H x 9.46" L x 6.38" W 112 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Non-Fiction, Middle School
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 September)
Gr 6-8-Attractive, competent overviews. Each book chronicles our knowledge of the planet, starting with calculations of its existence, through its discovery, and on to what has been learned about it from ground-based observation and space probes. Neptune explains the planet's discovery as a result of its effect on the orbit of Uranus, using that as an example of Kepler's Laws. The discovery of Neptune's rings; information on its moon, Triton; and data from the Voyager 2 flyby and Hubble Space Telescope follow. The book concludes with speculation about possible future missions. Pluto begins with Clyde Tombaugh's search for and discovery of the planet, composition, peculiarities in orbit, and the nature of its companion, Charon. An excellent explanation of how astronomers learn about a planet's mass and orbit is included. The conclusion covers the debate over whether Pluto should be considered a planet or just one of many trans-Neptunian, or Kuiper Belt, objects. The writing in both books is utilitarian, with an occasional "gee whiz" tone, but overall conveys the material well. Outstanding color photos contribute to the content. These titles compare well with volumes in the "Blastoff!" series, such as Rebecca Stefoff's Neptune (Benchmark, 2002), and are somewhat more detailed than Carmen Bredeson's Pluto (Watts, 2001).-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.