Title: If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
“If you were me and lived on Mars, you would be living there many years in the future, perhaps in the year 2054,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World.
~ What ~
Part of the international series, this forty-four-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about other countries and a planet in our galaxy. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words that usually include pronunciation. Often, colorful, expressive illustrations cover one side of the page with a nicely sized white font wording on the opposite side. Six pages at the end of the book reiterate how to pronounce certain words and their meanings.
Although human beings have not yet been to Mars, it is a fascinating place. In this enjoyable story, the reader learns about a young child who spends three years on the Red Planet, learning about how it got its name, how far way it is from Earth, its unbreathable air, extreme climate temperatures and dust, size, and two moons. A visit to Olympus Mon views the tallest mountain in the solar system. Also discussed are how people would have to learn to live, eat, and survive on the harsh planet.
~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational book is a simple way for children to learn about the Red Plant, especially if they possibly could visit it in the future. I love how the book is creative yet educational with details of how hard it would be to live so far away from earth and where the two moons got their names. Younger ones may have fun looking for the dog in the spacesuit in several drawings.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words related to Mars.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Arkova enjoys creating bright pastel colors and curvy lines in her artwork. She lives in Bulgaria.
~ Wish ~
I wish there were books like this so children could see and learn about the amazing planet of Mars.
~ Want ~
Readers who want to learn about countries or a far away planet will look forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular location. Your young Martian-wanna-be may find this one the favorite of them all.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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