Spring 2021

Dwarf Planets

From the Set Blast Off to Space

Offers readers a captivating look into dwarf planets, complete with vivid photographs and exciting diagrams. Back matter includes an in-depth 'Out of This World' feature that highlights a related topic, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

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  • A New Kind of Planet
  • Meet the Dwarf Planets
  • Future Discoveries
  • Out of this World!
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 523.49
Lexile 570L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level P
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503844711, 9781503847330
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from Booklist on April 1, 2021

Kids curious about the universe of space objects beyond our eight local planets and sun will appreciate this title in the Blast Off to Space series (8 titles). The book opens with the discovery of the dwarf planet Eris, which led scientists to establish new criteria for classifying planets, and those rules ultimately downgraded Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet. From there, the book goes on to profile several other dwarf planets, mostly in the Kuiper belt, with large, full-color labeled photos and illustrations of planets breaking up the straightforward text. Though none of the dwarf planets’ descriptions are very in-depth, the author emphasizes that these space objects are still quite unknown—a strong reminder that there’s always more to discover in the universe. Hand to kids fascinated by the mysteries of space.

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This eight-book series incorporates a broad range of subjects related to astronomy. Each book contains three or four chapters with many vibrant, full-page photographs. The length of the text and amount of data included in each title make it a good choice for first book reports or as a source for research projects. Space Missions is the only title in which the coverage is a bit superficial, possibly to sanitize it for the young audience. The first chapter, ‘Missions with People,’ only offers success stories without any reference to the astronauts who have lost their lives. A glossary, ‘to learn more’ and ‘Out of this world!’ sections, and index are included. VERDICT The variety of the topics make this series a worthwhile purchase.

Author: Arnold Ringstad

Arnold Ringstad is the author of more than 30 books for kids. He loves reading and writing about space exploration. He lives in Minnesota.