【STEAM繪本】Starry Messenger, by Peter Sis



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美國近年力推科學基礎教育,美國各州都將科學新知排入幼稚園的學習大綱中。這部分的計劃名為STEM。基本上,是Science, Technology, Engineering and Math的簡寫。


Green Tots Club致力於將英美孩童閱讀書籍同步推薦給台灣的朋友們,因此從2015開闢【STEM專欄】選書。不定期將於官網將優質選書上架供大家選購。書籍皆直接於國外書商直接限量採購,售完為止。

"If they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge." -- Galileo Galilei

今年是人類登月50周年,鋪成Apollo 11: 50th anniversary,Green Tots覺得這本Starry Messenger繪本非常適合作為人類太空史的揭幕。


360年前的伽利略利用一個在現今看來落伍的望遠鏡,觀察到太空中行星的運轉,而提出太陽公轉理論。這個理論與當時萬人之上的教廷主張的地球公轉論忤逆,讓教皇認為伽利略要挑戰他的崇高地位,伽利略因此而遭受牢獄之災。 在他有生之年,這個偉大的發現並沒有讓他享其應有的科學地位與財富。而教廷也在百年後承認錯誤,認證其太陽公轉理論。


Peter Sis優美的插畫深刻凸顯伽利略那個年代科學與宗教衝突。閱讀Starry Messenger認識這位偉大的科學家、發明家的生平...在小朋友心中埋下一顆大膽假設、小心證實的科學種子。


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--a 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 starts 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 to some it was deeply disturbing. Galileo has 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 Sís employs the artist's lens to give us an extraordinary view of the life of Galileo Galilei. Sís tells his story in language as simple as a fairy tale, in pictures as rich and tightly woven as a tapestry, and in Galileo's own words, written more than 350 years ago and still resonant with truth. This title has Common Core connections.



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