Here is my gift to you. Are you searching for the reason why you write? Or are you a writer or an author?
Check out this link from Tara Lazar. http://donasdays.blogspot.com/2013/01/writerlywisdomtips.html One that Donna hosted.
http://mddewvscbwi.org/ about T A. .Barron’s web site, a story-teller I wish I had been. He wrote books on Merlin and Avalon and his web site has a video on the Barron Award by Jane Goodall. A great site if you idealize good picture book authors.
http://mddewvscbwi.org/ Ok the above link came from inside this one. This one is about the Maryland, Delaware and West VA SCBWI conference in March. If you hurry there might just be a place for you. I thought hard about attending this. IF I had a manuscript ready for the face to face critique I would have registered but I don’t have one. I’ve got many ideas and one is languishing in 12×12 but it’s lonely there. I’m not getting the feedback necessary to call it a critique. And these conferences are expensive. So I’m not going. Boo hoo.
However, if you belong to 12×12 and would like to give me a hand with my manuscript it’s called “I’m on Amazon.” And I would give my eye teeth if you would go over and give me some feedback. Give me the title of your manuscript and I’ll repay the favor. Really. Just go to the comments and lets play. *Yay*
Ok here we go. The PPBF selection. Ta da!
Title: Starry Messenger
Author/Illustrator: Peter Sis
Published by: Frances Foster Books, 1990, Biography, nonfiction, A Caldecott Honor Book, Ala Notable book, School Library Journal best book of the year.
Themes: Galileo, Galilei, Galileo, 1504-1642, biography, astronomers, scientists, Italy, wonder, telling truth, honesty, standing up for oneself, space and stars, self-respect, self acceptance, science, religion, philosophy, perseverance, exploration, discovery, challenging assumptions, bravery, courage,
Resources: For Peter Sis’s web site: http://www.petersis.com/
http://www.petersis.com/content/starry_messenger.html for specifics on the book. And for teacher guides go here: http://www.petersis.com/content/starry_messenger_teachers_guide.html and it will give discussion on history up to what your kids wonder about.
Appropriate for ages: Second grade on up.
First Three Sentences: For hundreds of years, most people thought the earth was the center of the universe, and the sun and the moon and all the other planets revolved around it. They did not doubt or wonder if this was true. They just followed tradition.
What The Jacket says: In every age there are courageous people who break with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths, Galileo Galilei was just such a man – genius- and the first to turn the telescope to the skies to map the heavens. IN doing so, he offered objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe but that it and all the other planets revolved around the sun.Galileo kept careful notes and made beautiful drawings of all that he observed. Through his telescope he brought the stars down to earth for everyone to see.
By changing the way people saw the galaxy, Galileo was also changing the way they saw themselves and their place in the universe. This was very exciting , but to some it was deeply disturbing. Galileo had upset the harmonious view of heaven and earth that had been accepted since ancient times. He had turned the world upside down.
In this amazing new book, Peter Sis employs the artist’s lens to give us an extraordinary view of the life of Galileo Galilei. Sis tells his story in language as simple as a fairy tale, in pictures rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, and in Galileo’s own words, written more than 350 years ago and still resonant with truth.
Why I love it: As the jacket says and it says it all, Sis has told us a story of a great man in ways that excel all previous stories. In the margins of the pictures he has told us Galileo’s own words and told another story in the text. The book is enjoyable for both the reader and the child being read to. And it passes the test of being read over and over. I was lucky enough to see and hear Peter Sis in our library once upon a time when he came for our One Community One Book festival on his book “The Wall”. I feel very fortunate to have spent an hour in his company. He was very generous in explaining how he came from a place that no longer existed and how he couldn’t go home. The talk moved me as much as his book. Ever since I have had a fascination about this author/illustrator.
And as my friend Beth Stillborn says. “Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her “Perfect Picture Books.”
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