Galileo's Journal: 1609 - 1610 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-11-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" My six year old son loves this book. I taught me a lot reading it to him. " said.

" Excellent and end educational picture book on Galileo's telescope and his space discoveries!!! " said.

" An enjoyable, fictionalized story telling of Galileo's development and observations with the telescope as an astronomical tool. It's told in first person with journal entries. I love how this type of writing allows us see how Galileo might have felt when he made his exciting discoveries. The illustrations were beautiful and helped tell the story. It kept my 4- and 8yo kids interested. " said.

"A nice little book: not too long or detailed but enough for children to get a basic idea of some of Galileo's great discoveries as well as the timeline in which they took place. The diary format moves everything along quite well and the pictures of Luna, the dog, add a touch of whimsy to what could be a very dull, serious book. Children who like history or astronomy are bound to have their curiosity whetted by this book and will probably go in search of a longer volume about Galileo's life afterward." said.

"To say that both author and illustrator have the right authority may be something of an understatement. Writer Jeanne K. Pettenati has a Master's degree in Italian literature and, according to the jacket flap, has traveled extensively through cities in which Galileo worked and lived. This experience translates into the effortless way in which she conjures the people and places of 17th-century Italy. Paolo Rui lives in Milan and has illustrated many books in both Italy and America. His painterly illustrations fill the pages with rich colors and interesting details. The book is written as a series of journal entries which recount Galileo's process of constructing and then using his telescope. Each entry is relatively short, but captures the excitement inherent in such historic scientific discovery. Through the use of authorial notes both before and after the story, Pettenati also provides further context and information for the elementary-level reader." said.

" Galileo's Journal is an excellent introduction to some of his most important discoveries. I think it skipped over the inquisition and his trail which for kids is important to know how ideas can be perceived as dangerous. Otherwise excellent. " said.

" While there's much more to Galileo's biographical story, this epistolary narrative offers the gist of Galileo's astronomical observations and contributions. This is a good selection for the elementary grade reader and would serve as a good mentor text for nature journaling or science observation journaling. " said.

" My six year old son loves this book. I taught me a lot reading it to him. " said.

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