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Children's LiteratureMars is the fourth planet from the Sun. The Earth is twice as wide as Mars. It is called the red planet because of its appearance. Orange and red rocks cover a dry, dusty surface. It has volcanoes and deep canyons. Scientists have sent spacecraft that have landed on Mars. A device called a Rover has been used to explore the surface. Someday people may live on Mars. They would need to wear space suits so that they could breathe. This book is a Level 1 reader. This series, "Exploring the Galaxy," features photographs and informational graphics about subject matter that has always interested kids of all ages. An illustration of the solar system is the first graphic, showing the planets and their orbits around the Sun. The Sun is identified with a halo of yellow light and an arrow. The subject of each volume is also identified by name and with an arrow. The series supports national science standards and includes a word count and glossary. Words and phrases are repeated to help early readers. Additional reading suggestions are included as well as a link to FactHound, an Internet research system. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.
— Kristin Harris