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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Do you know what it's like to live on Mars? If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars by Carole P. Roman is an excellent children’s book about life on Mars. As your child reads on, they will not only see beautifully illustrated images about life on Mars, but will come away fundamentally educated on Mars, the solar system, and obtain an idea of what life would be like. Children will also learn various planetary terms, from orbit and elliptical to gravity. An added bonus in If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars is the Pronunciation Guide where your child will learn about words like Deimos and Phobos. Your child will not only learn how to phonetically sound out the words, but learn their meaning. If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars is a book that children will want to read over and over, not only to learn about the Red Planet (Mars) but become excited for the future.
Reading this book took me back to my childhood. There were some things that I had forgotten, with one being that Mars is called the “Red Planet.” Mars was named after the Greek and Roman god of war. Mars was given this name because of its appearance in the sky, but in actuality it's the dust from the Martian rocks that gives it the red hue. Once your child reads If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars, they will continually look up at the sky and yearn to know more about Mars, its environment, and what it would be like if they lived on Mars. This knowledge is something that they can use for a lifetime.