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Starry Messenger
ISBN: 9780374470272
Author: Sis, Peter
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Published: 2000-09-01
Retail: $8.99    OUR PRICE: $2.19
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Annotation: "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. This title has Common Core connections.

Starry Messenger is a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Astronomy
Dewey: B
LCCN: 95044986
Lexile Measure: 830
LC Subject:
- Scientists
- Galileo
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & R
Target Grade/Age Group: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.15" H x 11.22" L x 7.48" W (0.47 lbs) 40 pages
Lexile Level: 830
Bargain Category: Award Winner, Biographies, Early Elementary, History, Picture Books, Science, Sports, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 18892
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q10873
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0