Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rosa and Galileo

Rosa and Galileo
Written by Anne Cottringer
Illustrated by Lizzie Finlay
Published by Random House

Rosa has spent an evening waiting for her mother to go upstairs and visit her friend. Time doesn’t pass fast enough because she’s looking forward to something special. Her friend Livia’s father Galileo has created a spyglass that lets one look at the moon. She sneaks through the streets of Padua to Livia's house and spends a fruitful evening there.

Galileo shows the girls the telescope and Rosa is shocked to see  that the moon is not smooth as she'd imagined, but full of of craters. Jupiter's moons, and a lesson in the earth revolving around the Sun follow. Author Cottringer subtly sneaks in a lesson in what falls faster - a heavier object or a light one.

A lovely story introducing children to the creator of the telescope, giving them a feel of Italy in the 17th Century, all without coming across as a lesson. Author Anne Cottringer was a documentary director and camerawoman before she began writing for children. Lizzie Finlay's line drawings complement the story perfectly - from the mischievous look on the girls' faces to Galileo's delight at having an adoring audience. Within the first read my children were excitedly picking up their books on the solar system, keen to explore more and lead off from where they'd begun.


sathish said...

MM, It is interesting how certain books can lead the kids to pick up other books on their own. Great find!

ranjani.sathish said...

Lovely pick MM and I am quite eager to see the book. It is always inspiring if reading one book, kindles the curiosity and enthusiasm to pick more books on the topic.

Choxbox said...

True - one book leads to others, and some days we also look into youtube clips that might be relevant, if required.

I particularly love the friendly illustrations in this book - R & S, our library has it.

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