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Galileo's Universe (Creative Editions) Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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Gr. 3-5. Nonfiction pop-up books are unusual, but a biographical pop-up poetry book is a rarity. Lewis highlights experiences and events in Galileo's life in rhymed verse that offers some fine, memorable imagery as well as some more prosaic lines, perhaps resulting from the necessity of packing facts into the poetry. This handsome and relatively sturdy volume opens with a prose discussion of Galileo's universe, but each of the eight double-page spreads that follows offers verse illustrated with pictures that include one or more pop-up, fold-out, and pull-tab features. Open one page and the Leaning Tower of Pisa pops up. Pull a tab and watch two balls descend to the ground or, at least, most of the way down. The paper engineering is often clever, and Curry's excellent paintings give a sense of the era as well as dramatically portray people and events. The book will make a good addition to classroom units on Galileo, but some background knowledge of the man and his work will be needed for children to make the most of it. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author
J. Patrick Lewis spent years as an economics professor before finding his passion as a writer. He has since established himself as one of America's preeminent children's poets and authors, with the rich language and lyrical style of his books earning wide acclaim. He has written 45 picture books and has made countless school visits.
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Grandma got this for our three year old daughter who loves stars and stuff. It's probably the most beautiful popup book I've ever seen - complex, intricate popups that illustrate astronomy, physics and Galileo's life - little levers to pull and sliders to move make it fun for her while you'll be amazed by the artwork and mechanics of the popups themselves.
This isn't a book that I think my daughter would read on her own, not for a few years anyway, but she loves being read to, and this one makes for a break from dreary board books into something substantive and magical at the same time.
You'll love this book!