Starry Messenger: Galileo Galileiby Peter Sís
In language as simple as a fairy tale, pictures as rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, and in Galileo's own words written more then 350 years ago, Starry Messenger superbly unites innocence and intelligence, naivete' and sophistication, to fascinate children and adults alike. Peter Sis is winner of five New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year awards. Full-color illustrations.
Central to this portrait of Galileo's life is the refinement of the telescope for mapping the heavens, leading him to challenge the Ptolemaic belief that the earth was the center of the universe. Sís tells in broad, graceful strokes this extraordinary scientist's story. Augmenting the text are notes and quotes from Galileo's own writings, scrawled in calligraphic style, along with timelines and other chronologic events for more inquisitive readers. Drawing on classic cartography, mapped charts, and 17th-century symbols and images, Sís creates starlit, fresco-like paintings and detailed drawings rich with humor and visual clues. The author's take on his exceptional subject avoids the usual, eye-glazing list of accomplishments and gives readers Galileo himself who always had stars on his mind. A small ink illustration on the copyright page, of an open book with heart and mind taking flight, deserves special attention.
“An original. . .Sís celebrates the life, ideas, and genius of Galileo in a picture book that achieves a brilliance of its own.” Starred, Booklist
“Original and exquisite. . .Sís manages to tell the relatively complicated story of Galileo in such a simple, straightforward way, accompanied by some of the most gorgeous illustrations imaginable.” The New York Times Book Review
Meet the Author
Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. Peter's books, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain were all named Caldecott Honor books by the American Library Association. The Wall was also awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal.
In addition, Peter Sís is the first children's book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. He was chosen to deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture for the Association for Library Service to Children. Peter won the 2012 Hans Christian Anderson Award. This award is considered the most prestigious in international children's literature, given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People.
Peter Sís lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.
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This book is great, and I would definitely recommend it for children to read. It has great facts, but is able to keep the reader's attention with amazing pictures of that era. I really enjoyed reading about Galileo Galilei and learning some new stuff about him that I didn't know before. This book has great information that children should enjoy learning about, and I believe after reading this book they will start looking for other books like it. If you have never read this before I recommend that you do, and you get it for your kids. CRC3301
With enough information to write a short report on Galileo, and enough beautiful illustrations to keep the most fidgety of readers engrossed, this book is truly a marvel. I got this book as a gift and was extremely impressed with the amount of information in a book 'for children.' Really worth the read if you are interested in Galileo and/or you enjoy the artwork and writing of Peter Sis.
"Starry Messenger" Review Galileo is famous for all the discovery's he has made. This book takes a major discovery that Galileo made and turns it into a story for young kids. The pictures are bright and go along great with the story. It is inspiring for the children to see it is okay to be different. I enjoyed reading this book. As an adult, I still found it intriguing, and interesting. I loved the pictures and how it had facts written in small text through out the book. The book "Starry Messenger" by Petter Sis, is a magical and inspiring story, just as the star are in the night sky JCR 3301