Starry Messenger


by Peter Sis

This tribute to Galileo highlights his discoveries, his honors and fame, and the great personal price he paid for announcing his discovery that the earth circled around the sun. It traces his life from childhood to his last days as a prisoner of the church. In vintage Sis fashion, intricate, large drawings are paired with small ones containing additional bits of information.

This book is more suited to a read aloud than his other titles, but we still recommend it for individual viewing only (unless you have an Elmo), it's the small details in his illustrations that make this book so special. This would be a great book to supplement science units on space.


Awards Won
  - Caldecott Honor Book 1997
  - School Library Journal Notable Children's Book Lists
  - American Library Association Notable Children's Book Lists
  - Scientific American Young Readers Book Award
  - National Council of Teachers of English Notable Children's Book 1997

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Grade 3-6        DRA Level: 38                 Lexile Measure: 830L
Grade Equivalent:  5.9             Guided Reading: P  

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This book was an honoree for the prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children's books. Check out our list of all the Caldecott winners.