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Max Goes to Mars: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog
Max gets ready to go on the first human mission to Mars. This time, his mission is to help the human crew in the search for life on Mars, while providing the comfort that only a dog can offer on a journey that lasts more than two years. With sidebars on science lessons, this picture book also has a take-home message about the beauty and fragility of planet Earth.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Big Kid Science
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I would recommend this for grades 2nd or 3rd graders. The book talks about a dog named Max who has an owner named Tori. Max is contacted to make a special mission to the planet, Mars. Tori, is excited but sad at the same time. She is going to miss Max. She takes Max to the museum and finds out lots of information about Mars. Max leaves for a couple of months to find out if their is signs if life on Mars. A interesting discovery is made. The book contains facts about the different things on Mars. ...more
Actually my 9-year-old son is excited to read this book on his own, but I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and wade through it. TOO many words, too much information. The sidebars were distracting and LONG (no Mom will want to read these to the little ones at night) and the rest of the text lacked the flow necessary to a well-crafted picture book. Much of the text was repeated in the illustrations. Had there been one more good hard edit after the illustrations were complete, I think this ...more