A Look at Mars

A Look at Mars

by Ray Spangenburg, Kit Moser

View All Available Formats & Editions

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
After a brief mention of the Mars Pathfinder mission, the authors explore early ideas about Mars¾those of scientific observers of ancient civilizations and those of more recent writers, such as H. G. Wells and Ray Bradbury, whose popular fiction helped stimulate curiosity about the red planet. The preponderance of information comes from scientific studies undertaken since the beginning of the space race between the USA and Russia in the 1950s, up through the successful Pathfinder mission in 1997. The conversational style of writing is infused with scientific facts and theories, and should engage the reluctant would-be scientist to stick with this complicated topic. Vivid color illustrations, text boxes and charts accompany the text. Futurists will learn about continuing efforts in exploration, including the hope of a manned mission as early as 2014. Glossary, timeline of discovery, bibliography, places to visit, Internet sites and index are included. Part of the "Out of this World" series. 2000, Franklin Watts, $32.00 and $14.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner
Planetary enthusiasts and reluctant students alike will enjoy perusing this entry in the Out of This World series. Spangenburg and Moser present the status of the ever-changing understanding of the planet Mars from ancient Greek astronomers to modern space missions and the alluring theory of Martian life. Part of this book's attraction is its multidisciplinary approach. Not only does it chronicle traditional scientific research, but it also explores Mars's cultural impact including religious, artistic, and literary viewpoints. Casual readers especially will appreciate the fantastic Martian conjectures from such minds as H. G. Wells, Orson Welles, and C. S. Lewis. Eminently suitable for young adult readers because of its compact yet casually informative style conveying ample Mars-lore in a slim volume, the dense format often means that background information is assumed or glossed over, as in the description of the formation of the solar system. Although weakly organized, the flowing paragraph style of the book reads like a fascinating story but functions equally well as a research tool. Captions for the illustrations and charts, however, should be more informative, especially for the many similar shuttle photos whose mission dates and names are omitted. These few flaws, however, do not invalidate this solid book. Schools and public libraries will value the information and clear presentation of the subject matter. PLB Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Franklin Watts, 112p, .Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)

Product Details

Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Out of This World Series
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >