Messages from Mars

Messages from Mars

by Loreen Leedy, Andrew Schuerger
     
 
Written in e-mails from orbiting students to their earthbound friends and family, Mars expert Andrew Schuerger and nonfiction star Loreen Leedy provide a fact-filled look at the planet. Breathtaking photographs from NASA are combined with comical illustrations of the characters to put laughs together with solid information.

Overview

Written in e-mails from orbiting students to their earthbound friends and family, Mars expert Andrew Schuerger and nonfiction star Loreen Leedy provide a fact-filled look at the planet. Breathtaking photographs from NASA are combined with comical illustrations of the characters to put laughs together with solid information.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Bertman
It's the year 2106 and 5 kids have been selected for a trip to Mars. Their story is told in the form of emails that they send to friends back home on planet Earth. This is a clever way to impart factual information to readers about the solar system and Mars. Readers will learn that Mars has two moons, that its northern and southern poles are covered with ice, that it has less gravity than Earth because it is smaller in size, along with a variety of other space trivia. The illustrations are a combination of photographs of Mars provided by NASA and drawn illustrations. At the back of the book, a timeline of significant moments in Mars history is provided along with a comparison between Mars and Earth facts, a list of some of the current questions that are puzzling scientists about Mars today, a vocabulary list, and an explanation of the metric system.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In the year 2106, seven travelers, much like those in Leedy's Postcards from Pluto (Holiday House, 1993), go to Mars. Via e-mails home, the young crew members describe the voyage, make comparisons between Earth and Mars, and revisit sites of previous exploratory-craft landings. Leedy's colorful cartoons, authentic photographs from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech, and much factual information are incorporated into the story. Anticipating a time in the near future when humans will set foot on the Red Planet, the authors express the wonder of exploration and the possibility of a colony there. The book updates Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy's more detailed The Mystery of Mars (Crown, 1999). The authors note that scientific research continues and that updates will be posted on their Web site. Schuerger is an astrobiologist and manager of the Kennedy Space Center's Mars projects. A welcome addition.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Next best thing to a real field trip, Leedy and her astrobiologist husband send a 22nd-century class on an excursion to Mars. Boarding a "spacejet" rather than a magic school bus, the children, while en route, report back in chatty email messages on the solar system in general. After landing, they send meaty observations on Martian climate, atmosphere and physical features as they visit the sites of various early missions, from Viking I to the Spirit Rover, and finally fetch up in the lush gardens beneath the dome of Marsbase Alpha. Around and within eye-filling, crisply reproduced color photos of the Martian surface, Leedy adds cartoon figures, labels, diagrams and insets for a full but never overcrowded look, and closes with a timeline, source URLs for the photos and a look at Martian mysteries that remain to be solved. Backed up by yet more information on her web site, this will please both casual and detail-hungry young readers, and makes a lively update for Franklyn Branley's Mission To Mars (2002), illustrated by True Kelley. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419548
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Loreen Leedy's honors for her work include an ALA Notable Children's Book, a "Book Links" Best Book of the Year, and a "Booklist" Editor's Choice. This is the first book she has collaborated on with her husband, Andrew Schuerger. Visit her on the web at www.loreenleedy.com.

Loreen Leedy's honors for her work include as ALA Notable Children's Book, a "Book Links" Best Book of the Year, and a "Booklist" Editor's Choice. This is the first book she has collaborated on with her husband, Andrew Schuerger. Visit her on the web at www.loreenleedy.com.

Dr. Andrew Schuerger is an astrobiologist and manager of Mars projects ate the Kennedy Space Center where he is examining how microorganisms might grow in Martian-like conditions. He is also president of the Association of Mars Explorers. He and his wife live in Florida.

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