by Thomas K. Adamson

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Visit the Red Planet! Find out how it might be possible to live on Mars someday.

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Children's Literature
Mars 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
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-At less than 150 words each, these primers offer even very new readers a rare chance to take independent forays into space. The information is, understandably, offered on the most basic of levels: "Earth has one moon" (Earth); "Jupiter has at least 47 moons" (Jupiter), of which four are depicted but none named; and Mars's moons get no mention at all. Each page of text faces a large, color photo or artist's rendition, usually not captioned, but well chosen to confirm a statement opposite. Due to their very simplicity, these books are unlikely to become dated any time soon-not even Mars, which relies on information gathered by Sojourner or before. Each book ends with an abbreviated reading list and a URL that leads to a commercial Web site with relevant, updatable links. Consider these titles sturdy supports for early science instruction, preceding even Gregory L. Vogt's Jupiter (Bridgestone, 2000) and other volumes in the "Galaxy" or similar series.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Capstone Press
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The Great Outdoors Series
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Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Thomas K. Adamson has written dozens of nonfiction books for kids on sports, space, math, and more. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife and two sons. He likes reading and playing ball with his boys. He also likes to check scores and stats on his phone.

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