Humans wanted to soar through the sky, and we did. We wanted to go to the moon, and we did. Then we set our sights on a little red planet, so far out we couldn’t go ourselves. Instead, we sent a friend. We named her Opportunity because it means “a good chance” and feels like hope.
With nine eyes, three ears, one arm, and six wheels, Oppy explored the mysterious terrain of Mars, gathering samples, snapping photos, and discovering vast craters. Everywhere held new and exciting surprises!
Until one day, a storm came, and it was time to say goodbye…for now. We still hope Oppy may wake up someday.
Kids will be amazed by Opportunity’s groundbreaking Mars mission as they see the red planet through her eyes, and the eyes of the scientists who loved her.
Shaelyn McDaniel grew up in South Florida before moving to New York for a digital marketing career with kids books. In college, she majored in English. As a kid she assumed humans had already been to Mars, and as an adult she remains incensed that we haven’t (yet). This is her debut picture book.
Cornelia Li loves the challenge of making factual but emotional art for scientific topics. For this book, she was inspired by mid-century art and printmaking to match the focus on space and technology. She studied illustration at OCAD University. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she works as a full-time illustrator. She has illustrated several children’s books, including the Glow in the Dark series (Wide Eyed) and The Trouble with Time Travel (Owlkids).
"Warmly affectionate." —Kirkus Reviews
"This simply written, visually appealing picture book introduces an intrepid space traveler." —Booklist