Friday, May 19, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived On...Mars by Carole P. Roman & illustrated by Mateya Arkova [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781540869722
My thoughts:  Former educator Carole P. Roman launched a new career several years ago when she began writing the Captain No Beard stories to entertain her grandchildren. She branched out with her series of cultural books in the If You Were Me an Lived in.... (name of country). Now branching out into the world of science she ventures into what it would be like for people to travel to and establish a community on Earth's nearest planet, Mars.

Written in easy-to-understand format that can be understood by preschoolers when it is read aloud to them and later for early elementary children to read themselves. The imagined community has entire families living there. She imagines, as scientists do as well, that they can grow crops in soil comprised of a mixture of Earth soil mixed with Martian soil.  The lack of breathable air, drinkable water, and unlivable air pressure is addressed so the reader will understand why they would have to live in a structure that creates (or imports) air, water, and other life sustaining elements.

The moons of Mars, location and appearance of the Sun, their cycles and length of year and day is also part of the narrative. Truly Ms. Roman has packed quite a lot of information about our neighbor, Mars, in this little book and written in such a manner that children won't realize they are learning.

About the book: Join Carole P. Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars' two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change. See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler.


3 winners chosen to receive 1 copy each
Begins May 19
Ends June 9 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate this review of my own opinions. I was not compensated. Winner's copy is provided directly to the winner by the author.


  1. (1) What do you recall about the early days of America's space exploration? I am old enough to remember Alan Shepard being sent up.
    2) What do you envision the future of man exploring and/or living in outer space to be? I think they will continue until there is a colony on Mars.

  2. I would like to win this for my granddaughter -- she would really enjoy it.

  3. I recall the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
    I think the future of space is they will start sending civilians to space.

  4. I remember when they sent monkeys and dogs into space and man walking on the moon. Next we will probably propagate Mars with our dogs and monkeys in tow.

  5. I remember seeing John Glenn and Neil Armstrong plant a flag on the moon. It was amazing. Our teacher brought a tv into the classroom and we watched fascinated.
    I expect we will be building strictures on other planets someday

  6. The U.S. astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the lunar surface during the Apollo 17 mission. People will be asked if they want to live in outer space just to see what it's like

  7. My most vivid memory is not pleasant. It was when the Challenger blew up upon lift off. I was watching it. I think the future holds trips to Mars for humans and animals. Thanks!


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