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Title:
Mars
Author:
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, 1999.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Reviews the history of Earth's observation of the red planet since ancient times, explores the results of modern scientific studies carried out by telescope, satellite, and landing probe, and speculates on a future human landing.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.1 1.0 46791.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9 3 Quiz: 19985 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780531203880
Format :
Book

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Summary

Space exploration is no longer new, but new discoveries are being made every day. This series explores those discoveries, revealing the latest scientific observations about our solar system, exploding myths using newfound data, chronicling the journeys of space pioneers, and detailing the methods scientists and astronomers use to map planets where no human has been before. As our knowledge of the universe expands with astronomical speed, Space provides a timely introduction to a popular intermediate-grade subject.


Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. From the First Book series, each volume discusses current knowledge and speculation about its subject, reporting on the planet's geography, moons, and mysterious features as well as the space probes that have gathered the information. Clearly reproduced in full color, the many well-captioned photographs, drawings, and paintings enhance the books' visual appeal. While the writing in Venus is somewhat livelier and more precise than in Mars, students will appreciate the handy "Fact Sheet," which appears in Mars, but not in Venus. Libraries with a demand for information on the planets will want to consider both books, as well as the three others now available in the series and listed in the Series Roundup of this issue. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Featuring a new author and a colorful redesign, these volumes expertly update Larry Dane Brimners 1998 editions, and also add a title that looks past Pluto into the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, and the search for extrasolar planets. Each one matches a clearly reasoned, matter-of-fact text to plenty of small but sharply reproduced color photos and pages of new or restated facts, and rounded off with multimedia lists of audience-appropriate further resources. Despite minor bobbles (for instance, Landau assigns the space probe New Horizons different speeds in Pluto and Beyond Pluto), these remain the gold standard for post-picture-book nonfiction, and should be first purchases for any library that serves fledgling readers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.