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Seeing Red: The Planet Mars

Seeing Red: The Planet Mars

by Nancy Loewen, Jeff Yesh (Illustrator)

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Named for the god of war because of its blood-red color, Mars is the second-smallest planet in our solar system. Explore its cold canyons, ice caps, and more in this book about Mars.


Named for the god of war because of its blood-red color, Mars is the second-smallest planet in our solar system. Explore its cold canyons, ice caps, and more in this book about Mars.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
With its large square pages and poster-bright pictures, the "Amazing Science: Planet" series is designed to have maximum visual appeal for young space explorers. It largely succeeds, presenting quite a bit of information about each planet in nine double-page spreads (liberally sprinkled with "Fun Facts" boxes) that show sizes, composition, surfaces, orbits, rotations, and something about each planet's exploration. Readers are introduced to Mars through its blood-red color, which caused it to be named after the Roman god of war. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Mars's small size and icy temperatures, its tilted axis, and its valleys, mountains, and plains. Kids can chuckle at one girl's idea of green Martians and enjoy an excited Percival Lowell looking through his telescope and imagining man-made "canals" on Mars. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created with digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled, as in a depiction of Mars's two moons racing around their planet. Loewen provides directions for a simple science project in which students, with the help of friends and a stopwatch, dance the orbits of Mars and its moons. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Mars facts, such as that dozens of spacecraft have had problems on Mars: is there a "Martian Curse?" This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Amazing Science: Planets Series
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
IG750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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