Galileo's Universe (Creative Editions)

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And so the man from Pisa probed, watched, measured, and tested. He used the dripping of water to gauge time, hand spans and arm lengths to find distance. Where Aristotle had asked why things moved, Galileo asked how.

History is full of explorers, inventors, and revolutionaries. Yet few discovered, created, or braved as much as an Italian math professor named Galileo Galilei. In the lively rhymes of J. Patrick Lewis and beautiful illustrations of Tom Curry, the life and achievements of this pioneer of the sciences are now celebrated like never before.

Poems and images, set in a magnificent pop-up design, take readers back four centuries to watch this true Renaissance man play with pendulums, peer into the heavens, and risk his life to make known the truths of our world. Galileo's courage in challenging the long-held beliefs of his time draws special attention in this book, as do his unconventional methods of research and discovery. Sure to be enjoyed by readers of all ages, Galileo's Universe is a tribute to an icon of curiosity and conviction.

J. Patrick Lewis has been captivating young readers with his bright and lyrical writing style for years. His list of children's books includes Creative Editions' The Stolen Smile, The Last Resort, and Swan Song. His books have earned critical acclaim from such publications as Publishers Weekly and garnered such honors as the Kentucky Bluegrass Award.

Tom Curry has been working as an illustrator since 1977. His award-winning illustrations, which often portray both the humor and despair unique to the human condition, have appeared in five children's books and such prominent periodicals as TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic Monthly.

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J. Patrick Lewis spent years as an economics professor before finding his passion as a writer. He has since established himself as one of America's preeminent children's poets and authors, with the rich language and lyrical style of his books earning wide acclaim. He has written 45 picture books and has made countless school visits.

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Gr. 3-5. Nonfiction pop-up books are unusual, but a biographical pop-up poetry book is a rarity. Lewis highlights experiences and events in Galileo's life in rhymed verse that offers some fine, memorable imagery as well as some more prosaic lines, perhaps resulting from the necessity of packing facts into the poetry. This handsome and relatively sturdy volume opens with a prose discussion of Galileo's universe, but each of the eight double-page spreads that follows offers verse illustrated with pictures that include one or more pop-up, fold-out, and pull-tab features. Open one page and the Leaning Tower of Pisa pops up. Pull a tab and watch two balls descend to the ground or, at least, most of the way down. The paper engineering is often clever, and Curry's excellent paintings give a sense of the era as well as dramatically portray people and events. The book will make a good addition to classroom units on Galileo, but some background knowledge of the man and his work will be needed for children to make the most of it. Carolyn Phelan
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