Mara the Space Traveler

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$23.95  $22.27
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10.7 X 13.4 X 0.6 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author
An Leysen works as an art teacher in Turnhout, Belgium, where she teaches design and fashion. She is married to the visual artist Jef Faes and they have a daughter, Louise, who has art running through her veins too. In her spare time An likes to - what else? - read and draw.

"I really liked this book. Mara dreams of being an astronaut and when she wishes on a star her dreams come true. The planet, creatures, and story were all very creative. This would be a great book to add to the bedtime story collection as it could encourage some amazing dreams." - Indigo Books and Music

"Mara wants to be a space traveler and explore the universe. When she can't sleep, she looks up at the sky and imagines her adventures. Tonight she travels to a planet once green with cute, little alien creatures who need her help. The Sun King, they tell her, loved their garden so much he got too close, and now their garden grows smaller as the desert grows larger. They need Mara to convince him to look the other way. She braves the desert and tells the Sun King to stop. Then she explores the water and plays with the alien creatures who live in the ocean. When she returns to shore, she finds the Sun King has retreated to a safer distance and the garden is growing again. Hooray! Mara is their hero. I really enjoyed this weird, little book. I say weird, but I mean it in a good way. It's quirky with elements of science fiction and adventure. The art is beautiful and the creatures imaginative. There's even a cool illustration of Mara's explorer diary at the end. It's the perfect read for your own little explorers and could spark imaginative space adventures, discussions about the universe, and even open a discussion about what kinds of alien creatures your kids might meet if they got to travel through space. What kind of world would they find? I personally would love to read some more of Mara's adventures and hope this develops into a series." - NC State University Libraries

"The illustrations in this book are beautifully crafted, the idea is exciting and, as myth, it worked. You start out thinking that Mara is going to follow a more scientific path towards becoming the astronaut of her dreams. When she meets aliens and a sun king, she is the one to save the alien planet or, in truth, to facilitate the saving of the planet by an act of confrontation in the face of power. Now I am beginning to see a representation of another young girl, who had an idea and stood up to those in power. So, perhaps, this story can be an inspiration. Not so much for an aspiring female astronaut but for an aspiring female social-political activist. Did I say that the illustrations are beautiful." - Chichester College