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Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei

by Peter Sis

Published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 0-374-37191-1

Ages 8 - 12

Peter Sís evokes a sense of fragile wonder and enduring discovery as the life of Galileo Galilei unfolds in this beautifully composed biography. Sís offers children multiple points of entry into the 17th century astronomer's life: through the brief, eloquent, understated prose; through snippets of information, including quotes from the Galileo and his contemporaries, that are artfully arranged on the pages; and through stirring, incomparable artwork that is as delicate and richly detailed as the heavens themselves. This exquisite 121/4 x 91/4" book, which took its title from Galileo's own book of the same name, will touch both the minds and the hearts of readers. Honor Book, 1996 CCBC Caldecott Award Discussion CCBC categories: Biography and Autobiography; The Natural World.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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