Monday, July 8, 2013

Starry Messenger

Peter Sís; Illustrated by the author Starry Messenger

Author & Illustrator:   Peter Sis
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Publication Year:   1996
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Caldecott Honor, Booklist starred review, Scientific American Young Readers Award, School Library Journal Best Books

Summary:  A biography of Galileo Galilei: "A book depicting the life of a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist"  In this straight forward account of Galilei's life and accomplishments, Sis is able to speak to young readers and explain the enormity of the scientist's discoveries and the punishment he received for his bravery. The illustrations are beautifully based classic map styles with 17th century symbols and images. The quotations from Galilei's own writings are reproduces in calligraphy for more sophisticated readers.

Classroom Ideas: class study of the solar system, planets, telescopes.

Extras: Timelines included along with the text.

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