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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: Welcome To Mars--Making A Home On The Red Planet by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson

Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet
by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson
September 1, 2015
National Geographic Children's Books
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!


World-famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, may have walked on the moon, but now he has his sights set on Mars! In Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, Aldrin explores the very real idea of humans settling on Mars. Aldrin takes young readers on a fascinating and informative journey to the red planet and lays out his dream of one day making this awe-inspiring planet a home for humans.

Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet is full of interesting facts, inspiring ideas, and a lot of passion. Aldrin explores the ins and outs of Mars, detailing all of its amazing qualities and statistics, through age-appropriate terms and explanations. Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, excitingly places the reader directly in the narrative, asking them to imagine they are one of the first settlers on Mars. Young readers will be absolutely captivated by this out-of-this-world journey, as they learn all about what Mars has to offer and what their could-be-home will be like. From the building of homes to the growing of food, daily life on Mars, recreational activities, and more, Aldrin covers it all.

Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet incorporates real photography and digital illustrations throughout the book. These pictures and illustrations do a wonderful job of capturing Aldrin’s passion for Mars and sparking the imagination and curiosity of young readers. There are also fun activities and experiments sprinkled throughout Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet that readers can try at home.

my final thoughts: Readers of all ages will never look at Mars the same way after reading Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet! Buzz Aldrin takes a wondrous and huge idea and explores it in a way that will inspire, entertain, and captivate.

5/5 yummy cupcakes

Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to reach out into the frontier of space. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11—and as a rocket scientist who developed the orbital rendezvous technique critical to America's moon landings and the Aldrin Mars Cycler—Aldrin has a vision and in this book he plots out the path he proposes into an amazing future.

Marianne Dyson is an award-winning author and former NASA flight controller. She has a degree in physics and became one of NASA's first women flight controllers during the early Space Shuttle program. She has won the Golden Kite Award and the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for her children's books. Her science articles and science fiction stories for adults and children have appeared in national magazines and anthologies. She has served as a technical reviewer for Scholastic, Enslow, and as a National Geographic Explorer.

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