Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
Welcome to Day 5 of our National Geographic Kids Mega Giveaway. If you missed our earlier posts, we featured a review and giveaway for 100 Things to Make You Happy, How to Speak Cat, Animal Records and Brain Games so be sure to head on over to both of these giveaways to enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 print copies of each.
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Without further ado, let us continue with Book #5: Welcome to Mars.
Title: Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet (National Geographic Kids) | Authors: Buzz Aldrin & Marianne Dyson | Publication Date: September 1, 2015 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 96 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings!
What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn’t want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!
My Thoughts: Just this past spring, we were lucky enough to venture across North America to the Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. We spent the day gazing up at the awe-inspiring rockets located in the rocket garden; perusing the history-rich exhibits in the Early Space Exploration building; feasting our eyes on the now-retired Canada arm; and taking in all the other sights and sounds of this spectacular complex. And, if this was not enough … we were lucky enough to witness the night-time launch of a satellite from Cocoa Beach, just down the road from the Space Center. Given all we have already accomplished, why could humans not settle on Mars … truly, why not?
Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet is co-authored by famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin who is a strong advocate for space exploration, and Marianne Dyson, who is an award-winning author and former NASA flight controller. In short… these are the experts and they make a very compelling case for the possibility of living on Mars in the future. This book will stretch the imagination of young minds – the future thinkers and explorers.
The book begins with a description of the tools for space exploration (i.e., space crafts, space rovers, and more) followed by a discussion of the history of Martian exploration and a presentation of what we already know about the “Red Planet”. The book even contains a topographical map of Mars – it’s just incredible!
The second half of the book is dedicated to using our imagination to think about what living on Mars would look like and some of the issues we would need to address for it to be habitable. For example, there is no breathable air, it is extremely cold, there is no free-running water, no vegetation, no rain, and far less gravity than Earth (does this mean I would be “lighter”?) There are a series of crisp photographs, groovy illustrations, and even some dioramas depicting things such as high-tech space suits, the dusty rust-colored Martian landscape, and tripped-out bio-domes containing all that is needed to live comfortably. The cynic in me is converting to the idea that it may indeed be possible to live on Mars!
My Bottom Line: Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet features an eye-catching collection of photographs and illustrations and is full of the latest science-based information about Mars, space travel, and more. As with other children from generations passed, who gazed up in wonder toward the night sky, this book tests the limits of the reader’s imagination by challenging them to envision life on the Red Planet. I highly recommend this great book and I think it is the perfect choice for any space enthusiast aged 8 years and older.
* This book was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
* Giveaway: Welcome to Mars *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of Welcome to Mars
Contest ends: September 20, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open: United States
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