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Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei Paperback – September 1, 2000
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The content of the readable text is, from my perspective anyway, very simplistic, something you would read aloud to a preschooler. And it doesn't tell much about Galileo.
If you're looking for a good juvenile biography of Galileo, and not a coffee table book for children (or the Caldecott people!),I'd recommend Leonard Everett Fisher's much better written book on the same subject. Galileo deserves better than this.
Right from the get-go we are told that the whole notion of the earth moving around the sun is a bit new. People (and here we are shown a lovely Ptolemaic System of the universe) thought the planets, the moon, and the sun moved around the earth. There's a sudden and brief glimpse on the next page of The Copernican System, but the text tells us that Copernicus never published this idea and that, "it would take someone else to do that...". Enter, someone else. Someone else by the name of Galileo Galilei. Born on February 15, 1564 when Italy was just a quilt of city-states, little Galileo grew up with a healthy scientific curiosity.Read more ›
The story moves quickly from the theories of Ptolemy and Copernicus to the birth of "a little boy . . . with stars in his eyes." The story goes on with traditional style text at the bottom of each page, and with additional quotes from Galileo's own notebook. The added bonus of strategically placed timelines showing other events of significance raises the story to a new level.
The illustrations, in and of themselves, offer more than the eye can absorb in one sitting, and the fact that the author is also the illustrator is evident in the strength of the pictures tying perfectly to the text.
At the story's end, readers are presented with one last timeline which gives four last dates of significance in Galileo's life: 1633-Galileo is sentenced for heresy; 1642-Galileo dies; 1989-the Galileo spacecraft is launched; 1992-Galileo is pardoned by the leaders of the Catholic Church, who admit that his theories of the earth rotating around the sun, instead of the other way around, is "probably" right.
I used this book in my 7th grade world history class at the end of our unit on the Renaissance. It provided a reality for the students that sometimes is missed in history books, allowing the students to see what the Renaissance, Inquisition, and patronage was like for a real man; my 7 and 10 year old daughters enjoyed reading it too.
I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers and students of all ages!
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I love Peter Sis's styling of his books. A upper elementary grade student could read the main body of the text and enjoy it - then those up for the challenge would enjoy all the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Sumsion
I'm saving this book for my grandchildren to grow a few more years. Peter Sis is a most marvelous illustrator and storyteller. I have started collecting his books!Published 11 months ago by Isabell
This book has amazing art and is great for teaching young children or older children struggling with reading in science about Galileo. Love it!Published 12 months ago by SV2331
I LOVE Petr Sis's books - he is a wonderful artist and I have all of his books I can get :)Published 13 months ago by Michala Homolkova
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This is an educational book about one of the world's first astronomer's, Galileo Galilei. Read more