Postcards From Pluto
A Tour of the Solar System
as of Fall 2006!
|Won’t it be wonderful when space travel will be possible for the average person? The lucky kids in this book get to see our solar system firsthand when they take a cruise with Dr. Quasar, their robot tour guide. The children send postcards to their stay-at-home friends and relatives, describing the wonders they are seeing.
Art: Acrylic paintings.
*“...this clever survey of the heavens is definitely worth having on hand.” Booklist (starred review)
K to Grade 4. 1993, revised 2006. Full color. Holiday House, 0-8234-1000-5.
|WRITING IDEA: Write your own story about traveling to a different planet or moon... what kind of spaceship would you need? What would you see when you landed?|
|In August of 2006, the International Astronomical Union changed the definition of “planet.” Officially, Pluto is not a planet… it’s a dwarf planet. There are a number of similar objects in our solar system, and rather than call them all planets, the astronomers decided to exclude Pluto. But, it’s still out there, and there is a NASA mission called New Horizons on the way; it’ll arrive in Pluto’s neighborhood in 2015. To open a new window and find out more about the mission, click on this link.|
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