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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World!
Elaine Scott is one of the best non-fiction writer's writing for kids today. She's a great storyteller, but her stories are true. This is the first post-Pluto demotion book to truly explain what happened to poor Pluto. But beyond that, Scott explains how scientists decide which of the celestial bodies is a planet and which are lesser pieces of turf. Especially great...
Published on August 27, 2007 by TexasReader

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mom of a 4 year old
This book is really about astrology, and scientists who study the solar system. I was looking for a book to explain to my preschooler why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. You have to read the whole book (and long explanations of a long list of astronomers from the 1500s to today)to get to the 3 pages that explain why scientists no longer consider it a...
Published on February 2, 2008 by MamaK


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World!, August 27, 2007
This review is from: When Is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto (Hardcover)
Elaine Scott is one of the best non-fiction writer's writing for kids today. She's a great storyteller, but her stories are true. This is the first post-Pluto demotion book to truly explain what happened to poor Pluto. But beyond that, Scott explains how scientists decide which of the celestial bodies is a planet and which are lesser pieces of turf. Especially great reading for boys (ages 8-14)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solar system, March 16, 2014
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This review is from: When Is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto (Hardcover)
I bought this book to supplement a nonfiction unit on the Solar System. The pictures were beautiful and the text informative.
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8 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mom of a 4 year old, February 2, 2008
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This book is really about astrology, and scientists who study the solar system. I was looking for a book to explain to my preschooler why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. You have to read the whole book (and long explanations of a long list of astronomers from the 1500s to today)to get to the 3 pages that explain why scientists no longer consider it a planet.

This would be more suitable for a middle school child interested in the subject as a whole - it doesn't focus on Pluto.
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When Is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto by Elaine Scott (Hardcover - August 20, 2007)
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