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Starry Messenger
Title : Starry Messenger
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ISBN : 9780374470272
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40

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


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Starry Messenger Reviews

  • Manybooks

    As much as I enjoy (and even love) Peter Sis' glorious illustrations (they are bright, descriptive, detailed, and with a sense of the imaginative that I believe Galileo himself would have appreciated), the accompanying text (well, actually it is more how the latter is presented, how it printed on the page) is simply much too vexing and frustrating for me to give Starry Messenger more than two stars (and yes, those two stars are ONLY for the illustrations, and while I might feel a bit guilty abou [...]

  • Chak

    We love quite a few Peter Sis books (I dare you to find a better little boy's book than FIRE TRUCK!), but Starry Messenger was not one of them. I had to do quite a bit of live-editing while reading this one to Toby (my fault -- I should have previewed it first). Weird cursive writing is abundant and hard to read. But perhaps making the script sigmoid and sideways made "The streets were open sewers. Diesease was common, and thousands died from typhus and from the bubonic plague," seem jaunty some [...]

  • Dolly

    This book offers a fascinating look at the life and work of Galileo Galilei. It provides historical background information about the various theories of the universe, leading up to his discovery that the Earth was not indeed the center of it. The illustrations are wonderful and the additional information and quotes that are artistically woven (sometimes in sprials) throughout the pages are good for deepening our understanding the man, his thoughts, and his tribulations with the church. They can [...]

  • Laura Verret

    In this beautiful Caldecott Medal book, Peter Sis tells the legendary story of Galileo Galilei through small doses of text and a series of beautiful Renaissance-style full page illustrations.The illustrations and maps do full credit to Starry Messenger’s status as a Newberry Medalist. And the text is well-written. However large portions of that text are printed in an elaborate cursive font that I as a twenty year old found a little complex and which I can only imagine would largely befuddle it [...]

  • Mitchell

    Pretty, but not good. Too much writing to be a picture book and in fairly difficult to read script. And not enough writing to be a good science or biography book. And the level of the writing also doesn't fit well - too high and yet not enough. And then it is always interesting to see statements about who and how many thought the Sun revolved around the Earth rather than the Earth around the sun. The first line in the book held promise - " most people thought the earth was the center of the univ [...]

  • SamZ

    1997 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: The map of the Italian city-states. That was kind of fun to see how Italy was put together at the time of Galileo.While I like the concept of this book, the layout itself is confusing a frustrating. I wish that a better font had been used, as the cursive is difficult to read at times. I wish that instead of the timeline being presented throughout the book in random shapes or sometimes as the border of the pictures itself, there was a timeline that ra [...]

  • Stephanie

    Unlike most children's book illustrators, Sis favors subtle pastels and complex, detailed drawings over bold colors and images. There's always a lot going on in every image, if kids slow down enough to look at them. The level of illustrative detail makes this book best for one-on-one reading. The book can be read on two levels; short, simple biographical statements target younger children while small, cursive passages highlight book excerpts and quotes from Galileo. This handwritten text adds a [...]

  • Jenny

    While interesting and informative, this book is challenging to read. Much of the text is written in small cursive in interesting patterns (curves, spirals, etc.). It makes it interesting visually but challenging to read. I feel like I would need to practice it several times in order to be able to use it as a read aloud in my classroomd even then, I would most likely need to hold the book toward me to read and then show the pictures rather than holding it so the pictures could be seen by students [...]

  • Teresa

    I wavered between 3 and 4 on this one. I love that it's about Galileo, but all the script in the art makes it a bit cluttered for my liking. It is a fine first book on Galileo. I think it should be in everyone's home library. Also, my understanding was that while the church pardoned him, they never actually admitted that he was right all along. Guess I need to pick up a biography of Galileo for adults and check it out (I'm going by my hazy memory of Carl Sagan's show Cosmos and goodness knows it [...]

  • Francisco H. González

    Interesante para conocer algo más de Galileo Galilei, si bien resulta un tanto pobre en los textos y las ilustraciones no aportan gran cosa. Curioso que la Iglesia católica perdonara a Galileo y reconociera que lo que éste afirmó, que la tierra giraba alrededor del sol, en contra de lo afirmado en las Sagradas Escrituras, afirmaciones que le supusieron su encierro domiciliario hasta el final de los días, era cierto.

  • Carolyn

    I totally love this book.I read his graphic autobiography in ed grad school but hadn't read any of his other stuff. Just ordered this with a specific student in mind, she is going to FLIP OUT when she sees it.Beautiful art, lovely storytelling. Main text is big font and simple enough -- additional notes and observations in a decorative cursive on the sides (like built-in extensions for higher readers). So much to see.

  • Jessie

    The illustrations are beautiful, and the inclusion of text from Galileo's journals, observations, etc, were interesting. However, most of the content is what I remember learning about Galileo in school, in no more detail. I was also frustrated by reading the parts of the text that were in the script font--the letters are tiny and close together, and the words form shapes on the page, causing me to turn the book in all different directions. Kind of cool, but it made reading it tedious for me.

  • Beverly

    This was an interesting, brief biography of Galileo. I did not have the problem others had with reading the cursive script, but I was annoyed when it wound in a spiral, or was written in waves, instead of just in straight lines. These cursive bits added interesting information to the bio, but they would have been easier to read if they had been typed instead of handwritten. Possibly Sis was trying for a 17th-century look by using the cursive.

  • Sarah

    In this picture book biography, we learn about the life of Galileo. Sis places his discoveries in time by explaining previous beliefs about the solar system and shows the effect of Galileo's evidence of the sun as its center on the cultural/religious beliefs of the time. This is such a lovely book, but I wish the information written in the sidebars was more legible.

  • Samantha

    A picture book bio about Galileo. Looks like a scrapbook with simple text on each page that tells Galileo's life story accompanied by cursive writing from his papers and art that illustrates key moments in his timeline. Well done.

  • Kimberly Kieffer

    This is a beautifully illustrated and written children's book. It includes important historical facts and dates and many lovely quotes. If you have little ones this is a much share.

  • SaraKat

    Good things about the book: the illustrations are wonderful and varied and full of interesting details. many of the pictures have Galileo in them as sort of a Where's Waldo kind of hunting game. :) The story is simple and gives the basics of Galileo's life. Bad things: The book design makes several parts very difficult to read. Some of the text is in cursive and in very tiny print--already hard to read-- and add in that it is printed in spiral or other patterns and it makes it very difficult for [...]

  • Soul Survivor

    An entertaining , relaxing and informative book with superior illustrations . Probably a two-hour read four hours if you study the illustrations .

  • Stefanie Burns

    While this book is interesting and informative, it was extremely difficult to read. Not surprising for a book illustrated by Sis. I had to squint, turn the book, and hold it up close to my face to read it and I don't have eye problems! I became frustrated while reading this book and had trouble determining if I should read the typed print or cursive print first on each page. To fully get everything I this story there must be multiple readings. The illustrations are each like individual paintings [...]

  • Rosemary Sullivan

    On the inside cover of the front and back of "Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei," there is a beautiful illustration by author Peter Sis. It shows an ancient Italian city at night, the battlements and spires of the buildings are saturated in a deep inky blue, with stars glimmering in the sky. The city itself is dark except for an arched window that glows yellow with light and inspiration. A small, distant figure appears to be peering through a telescope, which is pointed toward the heavens.That f [...]

  • Jimmy Reyes

    The story of Galileo, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer has been told by Peter Sis in this book by capturing in quotes the philosopher's ideas and beliefs that are just as important today as they were hundreds of years ago. The details of the frame surrounding the illustrations are important in chronicling the settings, dates, and narration of what the reader is seeing. Ghastly drawings of grim reapers, devils, and half-human-like creatures makes you wonder if the images were derived fr [...]

  • Bailey

    this book is a historical nonfiction book about Galileo Galilei: the great astronomer, philosopher, and physicist. It tells the tale of how Galileo grew up loving the stars, and how he built his own telescope and used it to record things about the sky and stars that no one had ever seen before.I especially loved the colorful illustrations in this book. I also really liked the unique way the illustrations and words are laid out on the page. Throughout the book are tidbits of handwritten quotes an [...]

  • Marla Bassetti

    Starry Messenger, a Caldecott Honor book, would be a great way to tie in science, history and literature. The concepts of theory as well as the underlying moral message of breaking out against traditional norms would make this a wonderful introduction to the challenges of science, discovery as well as critical thinking and how these elements have shaped our history. Galileo's discoveries and publications went against how people had viewed the universe with heaven and earth and the beliefs of the [...]

  • Mi Ngo

    The story tells the life and accomplishments of Galileo, a philosopher and great astronomer that's been appreciated by many. I like that this book can educate children but I think the children would have to be 10 or older to understand. If a parent reads this to their 7 year old kid, the parent wouldn't be comfortable reading "Galileo was going to be punished. He went against the church." The kid would constantly question and the parents would have a hard time. I wanted to give it a 3.5 but I ga [...]

  • Katie Paciga

    Peter Sis documents the life of Galileo Galilei in this Caldecott Honor biography. He tells the complicated story of the astronomer and does a fantastic job of laying out the cultural/social/political/historical context that impacted Galileo's work. The illustrations are so detailed and are accompanied by additional information written in beautiful script that are truly pieces of art themselves. My favorite illustration is when Galileo is called to the Papal court to be tried for heresy. The cre [...]

  • Nada

    This post-modern picture book tells the biography of Galileo Galilei twice at the same time. On each page there is text that is in simple language and easy for children to read and understand, and there is also text actually written in Galileo's own words written more than 350 years ago. . This book is illustrated beautifully and in a way that relates back to Galileo's time. On the cover page, the illustrator positions Galileo in the middle of the page looking through a telescope out at night sk [...]

  • Sarah Sammis

    I chose Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sís for my astronomy materials for children ages 5 to 8 project. One of our requirements was to include a biography relevant to the topic. Starry Messenger was the most interesting of the books on hand that fit the project.The title comes from the notebook Galileo Galilei kept for most of his life. He worked with then cutting edge technology, the telescope, to make observations supporting Copernicus's theory that the earth and planets revolve a [...]

  • Gnweiss

    Starry Messenger, by Peter Sis he is the author, illustrator and filmmaker international.A silver medal Caldecott Honor Book, is beautifully designed to tell the story of a man Galileo Galilei. Mr. Sis crafted his book and researched Galileo with Professors Galison and Biagioli both of Harvard University. Peter Sis uses text that easily read but also included a script using Galileo's own words written in perfect circles. Each page is a Tuscan mural with stars, mythical beasts, musicians, all sym [...]

  • Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill

    See full review @ The Indigo Quill: theindigoquill/20 This is an educational book about one of the world's first astronomer's, Galileo Galilei. It can easily be used as a tool to teach your child (or children) and be interactive with little extras and things. There is also a Teacher's Guide available HERE. I'll note that this is the Caldecott Winner for the year 1997. That being said, I didn't particularly enjoy this Children's book compared to others I've reviewed. I did not feel like the artwo [...]

  • Shannon Connors

    In his story-like biography, Peter Sis presents facts about Galileo interspersed with quotes and works from the scientist himself.Most notably, Sis uses typography to separate his tale with the quotes and works of Galileo. His story of Galileo is portrayed with a simple typewriter-like font. On each page, quotes from Galileo, others from his time, or writings from various historical figures are presented in a cursive font that runs vertically, diagonally, and even in a circle. The change in font [...]