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Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe.
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.
"Original and exquisite...Sis 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
Peter Sís’s picture book biography of Galileo offers readers not only the story of Galileo’s life but also a study of courage and conviction, insight into the development of science, a look into history, and an extraordinary example of how art and text can combine to communicate information. The book can be read on many levels. In grades 4–6, teachers can find connections to history, science, art, literature, writing, and a catalyst for a wide variety of research projects.
Posted October 10, 2011
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.
Posted October 3, 2011
"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