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by Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

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Title:If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars (A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World) (Volume 20)
Authors:Carole P. Roman (Author)
Other authors:Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2017), 44 pages
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If You Were Me and Lived on... Mars by Carole P. Roman

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Former educator Carole P. Roman launched a new career several years ago when she began writing the Captain No Beard stories to entertain her grandchildren. She branched out with her series of cultural books in the If You Were Me an Lived in.... (name of country). Now branching out into the world of science she ventures into what it would be like for people to travel to and establish a community on Earth's nearest planet, Mars.

Written in easy-to-understand format that can be understood by preschoolers when it is read aloud to them and later for early elementary children to read themselves. The imagined community has entire families living there. She imagines, as scientists do as well, that they can grow crops in soil comprised of a mixture of Earth soil mixed with Martian soil. The lack of breathable air, drinkable water, and unlivable air pressure is addressed so the reader will understand why they would have to live in a structure that creates (or imports) air, water, and other life sustaining elements.

The moons of Mars, location and appearance of the Sun, their cycles and length of year and day is also part of the narrative. Truly Ms. Roman has packed quite a lot of information about our neighbor, Mars, in this little book and written in such a manner that children won't realize they are learning.

I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate a review of my personal opinions which are freely given. ( )
  VeraGodley | May 19, 2017 |
The author has done a lot of research for this book. The reader will learn the three reasons Mars is unlivable. The reader will learn about the two moons of Mars, and how many times they each orbit the planet. The two hemispheres have a summer and winter. It was interesting to learn Mars has an active volcano. There is a lot of interesting information about what it would be like to live on Mars.
I received copies to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. ( )
  skstiles612 | Apr 16, 2017 |
If You Were Me and Lived On...Mars by Carole P. Roman is another one of her marvelous books to introduce children to cultures and customs around the world to elementary age and younger. And now, with this book, kids can even learn about life in a place outside of their world. Mateya Arkova has drawn beautiful illustrations in bright pastel colors and curvy lines to depict what life on Mars might look like in the year 2054. Traveling by spaceship for a six-month trip, readers will arrive at their new home, a Mars Living Module, where they will live for the next two years. Clothed in protective, flexible body suits they can navigate around the planet, learning about its elliptical orbit, its two moons and the seasons of its year that is almost two Earth years long. Rapid weather changes, deadly air, and dust storms are dangers to watch out for on Mars. The author touches on scientists who are learning what seeds to plant, doctors who will keep the settlers healthy, and teachers and mechanics who are also along on the experimental trip. Learning about gravity and how it makes basketball a lot of fun and visiting the highest mountain in the whole solar system are high on the list of things to do. Included at the end is a glossary of words, with pronunciations. This is a wonderfully informative book that is sure to capture a child's interest and imagination about what life on another planet could be like. ( )
  Anne_Rightler | Feb 6, 2017 |
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