Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

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Hardcover, Pages: 56

Genres: Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Science

Language: English

Reads: 14

Downloads: 884

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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover
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Book Summary

Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet.

Markus Motums stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been.

Reader Reviews
  •    Grole Carad
    2020
    Ideal for children who are interested in space, this book combines the 'personal' story of the Mars Rover with lots of information. Narrated in 1st person, 'Curiosity' covers the reason for sending a robot to Mars, how Curiosity was designed and made, choosing the launch date, the journey to Mars, the stages of the landing and the various tests Curiosity carried out. The book ends with a timeline, glossary and brief details of other Mars rovers.

    The illustrations in this book are amazing. Curiosity, while 'anatomically correct', is imbued with real personality and the use of black, starry backgrounds, a rust and greyish-teal palette and geometric shapes depict Mars as a beautiful but alien place. The landscape format of the book helps to convey the vastness of space whilst also allowing for multistage illustrations of the blast off and landing processes. The illustrations are the stars of this book but the text is also excellent, both the content and the presentation. Motum uses a variety of colours and font sizes to add emphasis and to separate the 'story' from the additional information. This book is sure to be a hit with any space-mad child and would be suitable for a wide range of ages.

    Reviewed by Penny Guy (Bookrapt)

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  •    Gardagul Kelsky
    2020
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    On August 6, 2012, the rover Curiosity touched down on the rocky surface of Mars. This is her story – narrated in the first person by Curiosity herself. From idea to creation and beyond, this fact-filled, stylish book introduces readers to Curiosity and her mission: to discover more about the red planet and search for evidence of life. How did Curiosity get her name? What tools does she use to carry out her tasks? In her own voice, the popular NASA rover tells how and why she traveled more than 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet no human has ever visited... and what she’s been doing there. In his debut picture book, Markus Motum brings Curiosity’s story to life in vivid color: the deep blues of space set off the warm, rusted hues of Mars’s dusty red surface, marking this lovable rover and her mission as something special.

    Comments (mine)
    This book is nothing short of spectacular. What could have been a normal nonfiction accounting of a Mars space mission comes to life when told in the first person. The illustrations are gorgeous - both artistic and scientific at the same time, and the cover alone will make kids want to pick up the book.

    Curiosity is a book to read over and over again to pick up details in the text and illustrations that may have been overlooked on the first reading. There is a glossary in the back, (that seems a little too simple for this book) as well as a time line of the Mars missions from 1964 to the present. Loved this book! Recommending it for anyone of any age or gender – run to read it!

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