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Seeing Red: The Planet Mars
This title covers these subjects: Solar system., Mars (Planet)., Planets.
Seeing Red: The Planet Mars
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Seeing Red: The Planet Mars

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Jeffrey Yesh

Named for the god of war because of its blood-red color, Mars is the second-smallest planet in our solar system. Explore its cold canyons, ice caps, and more in this book about Mars.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelIG750L
ATOS Level4.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120229
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Booklist - Carolyn Phelan

"This large-format volume from the Amazing Science: Planets series spotlights Mars. Basic information appears in a few sentences of text on each broad, double-page spread, often with a boxed "Fun Fact" (more factual than actually fun), such as "Mars orbits the sun in an oval-shaped path." Instead of the usual images from NASA, the book features simple illustrations that often have the look of cut-paper collage. In one scene of Earth's night sky, Mars is shown looking larger and more distinctly a planet than one would actually see without a telescope, and the planets tend to look a bit flat rather than spherical. However, the large, bold pictures lend themselves to sharing in a classroom setting. Capped with end matter than includes an activity, related books, and directions for accessing Web links, this is a serviceable choice for libraries seeking primary-grade materials on the subject. With the exception of the volume on dwarf planets, each book in the series focuses on a single planet in our solar system." - Booklist

April 1, 2008

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Barbara L. Talcroft

"With its large square pages and poster-bright pictures, the “Amazing Science: Planet” series is designed to have maximum visual appeal for young space explorers. It largely succeeds, presenting quite a bit of information about each planet in nine double-page spreads (liberally sprinkled with “Fun Facts” boxes) that show sizes, composition, surfaces, orbits, rotations, and something about each planet’s exploration. Readers are introduced to Mars through its blood-red color, which caused it to be named after the Roman god of war. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Mars’s small size and icy temperatures, its tilted axis, and its valleys, mountains, and plains. Kids can chuckle at one girl’s idea of green Martians and enjoy an excited Percival Lowell looking through his telescope and imagining man-made “canals” on Mars. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh’s illustrations are actually created with digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled, as in a depiction of Mars’s two moons racing around their planet. Loewen provides directions for a simple science project in which students, with the help of friends and a stopwatch, dance the orbits of Mars and its moons. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children’s books about the planet, and a few more Mars facts, such as that dozens of spacecraft have had problems on Mars: is there a “Martian Curse?” This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.

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