I can't believe it! Carole P. Roman has now turned to the skies for our travel adventures! And Mars is the first planet... Well, I always hoped I could some day visit all the places she's been taking readers to through her "If You Were Me and Lived On...series... But, I think I'll not be planning this trip...this is definitely for all you kids! Or is it?! Maybe I could wish upon a star and find my way...Let's learn more!
Now this is a futuristic, science-filled story... Because the author is projecting that by the year 2054 we earthlings may be traveling to Mars!
Once you move there, you would call yourself a Martian! Cool! You would have to travel there by a spaceship with your parents. The traveling part of your voyage would last about six months, and you would be sure to take lots of games to play on your rocket ship.
Your parents prepared you for this journey by informing you would be staying on Mars for almost two years. You would have to wait to return to Earth for the planets to realign for a quick and safe trip home. The entire expedition would take almost three years. You would start your trip at ten years of age and return home closer to thirteen years old.
You know what I wondered? Well if you might be up there on Mars for years, then, unless there is email or other electronic equipment that can travel all the way to Mars, we might be out of communication with Earth for a very long time! Sure glad the whole family is going!
Did you notice that Mars looks red all over and is even called the Red Planet? That color comes from the rocks there because they are mostly made of iron. Oh, and you need to know that you can't breathe the air there, so you'll have to wear space suits! Why, we'll be just like the Jetson family, have you met them?
You'll be living in a home called a "Mars Living Module." There is nothing on Mars that could be used to build a house, so you have to bring everything that you can think you'll need for about three years...can you plan for that?
With all the details you'll be learning in this book, I was surprised at the comparison of Mars versus Earth. One fact was that Mars also circles the Sun, like Earth does... You can imagine how far away Mars is! And guess what, Mars has two moons while we have only one... If you are into science and astronomy, you definitely are going to learn much from this book...But some of it is scary!
Deimos, the smaller moon--Phobos is the larger moon--takes it name from the Greek word panic. With two moons inspired from the word fear and panic, you may wonder if they would make you a little nervous at night.
I have to say that I got so involved with what I was learning about Mars that I neglected to mention how beautifully this book illustrates the coloring of Mars, especially against the beautiful sky... It was interesting to learn that your father is working with other scientists to see if plants can be grown there! Isn't it wonderful to consider what the future brings in space travel?! Enjoy this highly recommended new book!
Would YOU like to travel to Mars? Better read this book to see what you'd be doing?! Whether or not Roman will be visiting other planets in the future, this certainly was an excellent addition to the If You Were Me Series...
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. She has now added Mars to her series and plans to visit the red planet with her grandchildren. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.