Along with her popular series on countries of the world and her growing collection of books about historical time periods, now Carole P. Roman has reached out into the solar system. This new title explores what it would be like to live on Mars as part of a scientific expedition. Comparisons of Earth to Mars talk about their distance from each other in space, the amount of land on both planets, and the need for life support in the atmosphere of Mars. Details about the length of the trip to reach the red planet, the moons, seasons, and gravity are all included.
Sci-Fi depictions of the planet (most recently "The Martian"), don't usually show families. But Carole's book explains the jobs each parent would have and the need for teachers to work with the children in the settlement. Scenes that show kids playing basketball in the lower gravity of Mars, or their dog in a custom spacesuit and helmet add a bit of levity to discussions of sandstorms and volcanoes. The book also has a helpful glossary/pronunciation guide in the back.
A nice introduction to young readers who are curious about outer space.
I received a copy of the book from the author for review purposes.