Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar / Edition 1

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Overview

The story of how an eleven-year old boy growing up in 16th century Italy loses his birthday when the Gregorian calendar replaces the Julian calendar in 1582, and how he fights to prevent this loss. The author cleverly weaves elements of the cultural and scientific milieu of the time into an engaging and intelligent tale. Tibaldos father is a medical assistant, and his sister is a midwife. Thus, the boy grows up learning about current medical practices and his fascination for medicine makes him a fast learner. Then, when Tibaldo learns that he is about to lose his 13th birthday, he determines to do something about it. The result is both amusing and informative.

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Editorial Reviews

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YAIn 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, following the advice of astronomer Christopher Clavius, decided to drop 10 days from the calendar that was currently in use throughout the world. Hence, Thursday, October 4, 1582 Julian, would be followed by Friday, October 15, 1582 Gregorian. Shimony charmingly describes these events through the eyes of Tibaldo Bondi, a student at the prestigious St. Joseph-in-the-Corner school in Bologna. Since he is about to lose his 12th birthday in the reorganization of the calendar, the determined and astute young man sets about finding a solution to his dilemma. Weaving fictitious characters and events into actual occurrences, the author vividly brings 16th-century Italy to life. Readers learn about the tribulations of school children during this era try multiplying 488 by 877 in Roman numerals as well as the scientific understandings of Clavius and Copernicus. The book is illustrated with drawings that reflect the art of the period. The tale is followed by two readable astronomy lectures, one about the seasons and the other about the appearance of stars from various locations on Earth, which will have particular appeal to readers whose scientific curiosity has been piqued by Tibaldo's story.Carol DeAngelo, Garcia Consulting Inc., EPA Headquarters, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387949352
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Series: Copernicus Series
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 1,399,282
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

The World of Tibaldo.- Tibaldo’s School.- Lessons in Astronomy.- The Trouble with the Calendar.- The Hole in the Calendar.- Tibaldo Begins the Battle.- The Birth of a Baby and a Plan.- Pope Gregory’s Visit to Bologna.- What Happened Afterwards.- More and Better Astronomy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    this book is amazing

    this is a really good book. i read it when i was about 8 and it was still amazing. this a great book for kids of all ages

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