Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei

by Peter Sís

Paperback, 2000



Local notes

520.92 Sis




Square Fish (2000), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


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.


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Physical description

40 p.; 12.03 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member paulsikora
The science and history and art are impeccable, both clearly told and beautiful for children and resonant and beautiful for adults.
LibraryThing member tiburon
A dreamlike book that captures perfectly the starry eyed drreamer that was Galileo Galilei, the story traces his life from birth to death and is full of interesting facts and information. I found myself wanting to know more once the book was over.
LibraryThing member Orpgirl1
This book by one of my favorite children's authors is a visual feast of intricate drawings and details on the life of Galileo Galilei. Sis incorporates primary and secondary sources in sharing sometimes very difficult to understand knowledge on the life of Galilei with fluid and detailed drawings.
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My personal favorite part of the book was incorporating the physical layout of the book into a visceral learning experience by moving the book in a circle to read the inscriptions, hunting for key characters in pictures, and the symbolism in his unique drawing elements. The author does an amazing job of incorporating Galileo's real writings into a fun and interactive book that can engage children's imaginations while also teaching them a good bit of science!
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LibraryThing member ruthe002
An excellent way to introduce science, mathematics, and psychics to students. The main text is simple enough for young students and the pictures bright and enganging. The additional text provides more indepth information including facts about Galileo's life, his discoveries, and actual quotes from
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his life and time.
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LibraryThing member dreamer2000
Very nice pictures that hold true to Galileo, it is hard to read some of the writing. Very nice pictures that help show his work about the stars and the world moving around the sun.
LibraryThing member smg626
From dust jacket notes: "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
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evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe but that it and all the other planets revolved around the sun....In his amazing new book, Peter Sis employs the artist's lens to give us an extraordinary view of the life of Galileo Galilei. Sis tells his story in language as simple as a fairy tale, in pictures as rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, an in Galileo's own words, written more than 350 years ago and still resonant with truth."
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LibraryThing member hartlm03
The Starry Messenger is a biography of Galileo Galilei. This book does a good job explaining the extraordinary life of Galilei. However, the small print about the wording can be difficult to read. It wouldmost likely be too difficult for basic readers. The book does have artisticly detailed
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illustrations. Overall, this book had good information, but it may need to be read aloud to students because of the difficulty in the small print.
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LibraryThing member momma2
Very simplistic writing coupled with greatly detailed drawings left us feeling gypped. This book was written to a much younger audience then the illustrations or even the subject would suggest. Thankfully this was a supplement to other reading about Galileo because we gleaned nothing from this book.
LibraryThing member Smiler69
Another beautiful book by Sís, this time profiling physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher Galileo, who dared defy the long-held belief that the earth was the centre of the universe, and basing himself on observations through a telescope he had build and improved upon himself, proved
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that the earth actually orbited the sun. Filled with details about his life and times, from his birth in 1564 (the same year as Shakespeare's own birth and Michelangelo's death), with notes from his journals and his famous treatise from 1610, The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius), the first scientific treatise to be published based on observations made through a telescope, until his final days, which he spent under house arrest following an church inquisition which found him "vehemently suspect of heresy". Fans of Sís will love this, and it's a good starting point for those not yet familiar with his work.
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LibraryThing member Vania_Coates
A wonderful tale of Galileo. Filled with beautiful illustrations and various side notes, we learn about the life of Galileo and his struggles to gain a knowledge beyond him. We learn what a huge impact Galileo had on astronomy, even with his limitations. He pursued his passion, and although it
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imprisoned him, he always kept his love for stars alive. As the book states, no one can take away your thoughts or keep you from thinking about something. It's a powerful lesson for students to learn.
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LibraryThing member rdg301library
Summary: Starry Messenger discusses the life of Galileo including his discoveries, triumphs, and hardships.
Reading Level: Intermediate
Genre: Biography

This book could be used in a discussion on the difference between the Ptolemaic System and the Copernican System. For thousands of years the world
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believed that the earth was at the center of the solar system. Galileo believed Copernicus was right and found proof that this was so. Galileo was punished by the Catholic Church and sentenced to house arrest and exile until his death. Years later, his discoveries helped astronomers confirm that he was right. It is important that students learn this history because it has shaped what we know of the universe today.
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LibraryThing member mirikayla
Beautiful illustrations. Great biography for kids.

"I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use... He would not require us to deny sense and reason in physical matters which are set before our eyes and
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minds by direct experience or necessary demonstrations."
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