A Place for Pluto

Capstone. Aug. 2018. 32p. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781684460045.
PreS-K–This is a lighthearted introduction to the galaxy, written in the style of typical picture books. The character, who in this case is Pluto, tries to discover where he fits in. The text reads, “Then one day, Saturn, with her rings flashing, and Jupiter, with his entourage of moons beside him, told Pluto the worst news ever. You’re not a planet anymore. You’re not big enough. Sorry.” Pluto then goes on a journey to figure out where he belongs. The silly, fun approach to the storytelling will appeal to young readers while helping to build vocabulary and basic knowledge of terms. Readers discover Pluto’s place isn’t with Halley’s Comet, the asteroids, or the meteoroids. Anthropomorphic cartoon illustrations complement the text and keep the mood light as Pluto learns that he belongs with the dwarf planets Eris, Haumea, Makemake, and Ceres. Even the back matter is glib and humorous. The headline, “What’s the Deal with Pluto?” explains that Pluto was discovered in 1930 as the ninth planet in the solar system. But in 2006 Pluto was determined not to be a planet anymore (“Bummer.”).
VERDICT A good introduction to space for young children. The illustration and text make this a perfect choice for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

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