- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
- Series: Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Charlesbridge; New edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570918694
- ISBN-13: 978-1570918698
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)) Hardcover – February 1, 2009
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About the Author
Wendy Macdonald is the author of THE CASTAWAY CONVICT (University of Western Australia Press) and THE JUNKYARD DOG (Rigby). She lives in Victoria, Australia.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story of the legendary Leaning Tower of Pizza experiment by Galileo is brought to life here around the story of a boy, Massimo, who was very clever, and dropped his father's lunch from a bridge everyday in calculating motions... until a passer-by professor named Galileo witnesses it and rethinks the whole Aristotelian notion on the subject!
The pictures are colorful, warm and very pleasant, and some of the angles are taken from delightful perspectives!
A gem. A very nice way to introduce children to Galileo and to some concepts of Physics.
This is a fictionalized version of Galileo proving Aristotle wrong, but the note at the back of the book tells how it was rumored that "Galileo dropped weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa" (32). The note at the back of the book tells you what year the story is set in, the age of Galileo in the book and other information on his experiments. One of the best parts is the tiny print at the very bottom of the last page: "A note about education in the 1500s: For a bright farm boy to go to school was possible, but very unusual. Only the wealthy (and only boys) typically went to the university" (32).
For teachers, this could be a great introduction to a science unit on speed, gravity, distance, time or even the man himself!
Notes on the Cover:
It's a nice cover with Galileo and Massimo looking out over the side of the bridge. Of course, it could be the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it's the wrong color. The point is that the bridge is an important feature of the story, but you don't know that's where they're standing unless you read the book. Minus points for that part!