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The Three Astronauts Hardcover – March 10, 1989

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Language Notes

Text: English, Italian (translation)

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO is the author of five novels and numerous essay collections, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 10, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152863834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152863838
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932) is an Italian novelist, medievalist, semiotician, philosopher, and literary critic.

He is the author of several bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of The Day Before, and Baudolino. His collections of essays include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels In Hyperreality, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays.

He has also written academic texts and children's books.


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Having been a staunch Eco fan for quite some time, I stumbled across this book and its companion, "The Bomb and the General" quite by accident in a book search. Of course, I purchased both books, ostensibly for my two children, but secretly they were for me. I would give this book a higher rating if I was reviewing it solely for an adult audience.
The collage artwork is charming, and the text has the universality of a fable. However Eco never indulges in sentimentality when dealing with the serious subject matter of human intolerance and the need for a global consciousness (heavy stuff!) Children will enjoy the tale - perhaps the illustrations are not glitzy enough for today's market, but their simplicity enhances the mythic quality of the writing.
Hopefully, this book will trigger some indepth discussion between children and their carers about human nature. An excellent eco-friendly book for ALL the family!
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I LOVE this book. It is such a great and unique take on a classic story and lesson about not judging others based on appearances. It is written so simply as to be masterful. Besides having a great message and sharing that message beautifully, every page is extraordinarily illustrated with a fantastic collage. It is one of those books that is just the right amount of art, intrigue, strangeness, familiarity, and beauty.
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The pictures are extremely abstract collage....kind of interesting. The story is a great favorite of mine. I've used it with young kids as well as with junior high kids. I had the junior high kids dramatize it! The story is about three astronauts who land on Mars simutaneously and fear and hate each other because they are froom different countries. In the cold, dark Martian night they each hear the others calling for their mama in their respective languages. They become friends, but immediately draw weapons when a Martian appears. They areamazedtolearn that the Martian is not so different either. By the way, the book was written by the famous novelist Umberto Eco (whose novels I could never get into).
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Simply delightful. Beautiful, simplistic and sophisticated illustrations. Adult audiences will, certainly, enjoy it as much or more than the children they are reading it to.
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We purchased this book for our son whose reading material is at the 4 to 8 yrs level.
This is a picture book & the story is about three astronauts (one from USA, one from China & one from Russia) who find themselves together in a situation where they learn to overlook their differences & learn to work together.
Our only disappointment with this book is the symbolic representations (illustrations) used to depict the three astronauts. Our son was expecting to see the astronauts depicted as people. The astronauts are represented by three pieces of paper - the American is a piece of chewing gum paper, the Russian & Chinese are represented by pieces of paper with Russian & Chinese script. While I can see merit in the concept, I really do think this level of comprehension is beyound that of a child.
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