Starry Messenger

Galileo Galilei

Peter Sís; Illustrated by the author

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"If they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge." -- Galileo Galilei

In every age there are courageous people who break with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths. Galileo Galilei was just such a man--a genius--and the first to turn the telescope to the skies to map the heavens. In doing so, he offered objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe but that it and all the other planets revolved around the sun. Galileo kept careful notes and made beautiful drawings of all that he observed. Through his telescope he brought the starts down to earth for everyone to see.

By changing the way people saw the galaxy, Galileo was also changing the way they saw themselves and their place in the universe. This was very exciting, but to some to some it was deeply disturbing. Galileo has upset the harmonious view of heaven and earth that had been accepted since ancient times. He had turned the world upside down.

In this amazing new book, Peter Sís employs the artist's lens to give us an extraordinary view of the life of Galileo Galilei. Sís tells his story in language as simple as a fairy tale, in pictures as rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, and in Galileo's own words, written more than 350 years ago and still resonant with truth.

Starry Messenger is a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book.

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"An original...Sis celebrates the life, ideas, and genius of Galileo in a picture book that achieves a brilliance of its own."-Starred, Booklist

"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

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Peter Sís; Illustrated by the author

Peter Sis recently received a Caldecott Honor for Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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Starry Messenger
Galileo Galilei
Peter Sís; Illustrated by the author

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Caldecott Honor Book, IBBY Honor Books, Scientific American Young Readers Book Award, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
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September 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374470272
ISBN10: 0374470278
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 12 inches, 40 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 830LL
AR Quiz Number: 18892
AR Points: 0.5

$7.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 1996
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374371913
ISBN10: 0374371911
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 12 inches, 36 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 830LL

$18.99

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Kindle Format 8
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
July 2014
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466856752
ISBN10: 1466856750
eBook Picture Book - Amazon36 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
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