Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery

Note:  You may know me from Wrapped in Foil blog, but I also have a blog about science and nature for kids. Today, to change things up, I’m going to post my Nonfiction Monday review at Growing with Science.


With the the change from having nine planets in the solar system to only eight, children may be wondering what happened to Pluto. Why isn’t it a planet any longer?  Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery by Margaret Weitekamp, with David DeVorkin, and illustrated by Diane Kidd uses a lighthearted approach to explain the discovery of Pluto, its history and how scientific classifications change as we uncover more information about the world around us.


The cartoon illustrations of a smiling Pluto reveal right away that this isn’t going to be a deeply serious nonfiction book. The whimsical tone of the text confirms that this is meant to be a fun, entertaining look at what happened. The premise is that Pluto has a secret, which is that it isn’t a planet but part of a different phenomenon altogether.

The light tone doesn’t mean that the information is lightweight, however, because the book is published in association with Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum where the authors and illustrator work. It is well written and has a good amount of depth. It would be a good resource to accompany a unit on the solar system or a trip to a museum.

See the full review at Growing With Science.