When Pluto was down-sized to a dwarf planet, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, her assistant (Kyle the Kaola), her medical team of surgical instruments, and Lukas (her cousin and friend) made it their mission to save the little planet.
This controversial topic has been the subject of many debates of professionals in the scientific world and many people worldwide. Children have also taken up the debate in schools and many have wondered why Pluto is no longer a planet. Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto by Harvard graduate in medicine Oneeka Williams, answers several questions on the subject matter. The book is appropriately written for kids ages 4 to 7, breaking down important science facts so kids can understand.
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo and her team jets away to Pluto in Freeda the flying ambulance, the same way ‘The Magic School Bus’ whisks the class off to the next big adventure! While it’s an adventure, the story encourages kids to care about their world and even the solar system in which they live. We should care enough to be involved in righting the wrongs, fixing the problems, and to take a stand for our environment and our world.
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto is a great read-aloud book for story-time hour in pre-k to grade 1 classes. It’s a good discussion book for teachers who want to introduce the subject of Pluto and what happened to the planet. To really get a full understanding of Pluto’s plight, teachers can let their students ‘act out’ the parts in a school play.
The story ends in a surprising way. One might expect that Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s solution for Pluto is the best, but surprisingly the book calls the reader’s attention to positive attitude and puts into perspective that sometimes our circumstance is not what matters but happiness and contentment with one’s life are more important.
Illustrations by Valerie Bouthyette are kid-friendly, bright, colorful, and work well with the story - depicting key scenes and setting an educational mood yet successfully capturing the fun. Refreshing, fun, motivational, and imaginative - Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto is a must-read!
We look forward to Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s next great mission!
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