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There's Nothing to Do on Mars by Chris Gall
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Mar 06, 2011

really liked it
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When Davey moves to Mars with his parents, he complains about being bored. His parents force him to go out and play along with his dog Polaris. They find explore the red and dry planet eventually making a discovery that changes life on Mars. This change acts as a catalyst and once again Davey finds himself moving to a new home.


Themes: commercialism, being creative to relieve boredom
Awards: Prairie Bud Award Nominee, Golden Duck Award finalist
Published: 2008
Grades: 1-4

Classroom use:

The teacher could use this book in conjunction with a lesson on space/planets. The teacher could ask children to look at the illustrations and ask them what details that they know about mars match the drawings. They could then write and/or illustrate a sequel to this story depicting what life might be like for Davy on the planet Saturn (or another planet of their choosing) based on what they know about that planet.
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message 1: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I love anything to do with astronomy!! This looks like a fun book to read. :)


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