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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 ›
This is an educational book about one of the world's first astronomer's, Galileo Galilei. It can easily be used as a tool to teach your child (or children) and be interactive with little extras and things. There is also a Teacher's Guide available HERE.
I'll note that this is the Caldecott Winner for the year 1997. That being said, I didn't particularly enjoy this Children's book compared to others I've reviewed. I did not feel like the artwork and the text complimented each other very well, and the illustrations weren't fitting for the audience this book is intended for.
Although the artwork itself is beautiful and innovative, the scripting was extremely difficult to read and the pages are almost so busy that it's distracting and the eye cannot locate the focal point.
There were some parts where the text generally did not make sense (Particularly the final page). The wording was off and the illustrations were difficult to interpret.
I don't think this would be my first choice in teaching my child about Galileo. I think there are better picture books out there that I could find much more suited and well-rounded for a young audience. The idea of this book is nice, I just think it's unsuitable.
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The young grandson is so far entranced. What more could a gift-giving grandma ask?Published 5 months ago by Colleen Fay
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 13 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 17 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 18 months ago by SV2331