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Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment

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by Wendy Macdonald (Author), Paolo Rui (Illustrator) 

The Farm Boy and the Scientist

 Every week Massimo, the farm boy, would deliver lunch to his uncle in the MOST unusual way! He would drop the food off a bridge onto his uncle’s boat. Massimo had to be very precise since he did not want his uncle’s food to get all wet.

Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment Experimenting

One day a stranger stopped to see Massimo throwing stones in the water. At first the stranger thought it was a game. “It’s not a game, sir” Massimo said. Massimo explained that he was watching to see how fast the stone would fall. “Why does that concern you?” asked the curious stranger. Massimo explained about his food delivery system and pointed out the approaching boat.

Then Massimo picked up the cheese and load of bread. Just as the boat passed under the bridge, Massimo dropped the two parcels. Massimo was happy that the food landed right inside the boat. But the stranger was intrigued… He had just noticed BOTH the packages landing on the boat at the same time! Considering that one was heavier than the other, shouldn’t the heavier package have landed first?

Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment Meeting

The stranger was none other than Professor Galileo. Having introduced himself to the boy, he then returned the next week to see Massimo “drop” the food off with his uncle on top of the bridge. Mystified, Professor Galileo decided it was time to prove Aristotle’s theory wrong. A difficult task for the two.. because Aristotle had a reputation of being very smart!

After that Massimo and Galileo tested out the theory of falling objects several more times with the same results. They tried it out with a crushed ball of paper and a rock. The test proved Aristotle was indeed wrong. But will they be able to change people’s minds? Why not? asked Massimo. Let’s show them! he said enthusiastically. And so they did!

Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment Day of

This is a wonderful book, an example really, of how to teach children important science topics. Not only does the historical fiction tell us about the physics of falling objects, but also how experimenting and learning hands on is the most exciting way to learn. This has not changed over generations! Back in 1589 when Galielo had just become a Professor at University of Pisa he began doing experiments to learn how and why things move. It is believed that he dropped things from the Leaning  Tower of Pisa. Author Wendy Macdonald tried it out herself when she read this particular legend. And then she presented this amazing and clever story of farm boy Massimo (fictional) and the experiment of falling objects!

Excited after reading this book, DD and I took time to test it out ourselves.. with the exact same results Smile

Join us! and if you manage to “capture” the moment.. share it with us !

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22 comments

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  1. This does indeed look like a wonderful book and I somehow think that the physics of falling objects will appeal to lots of kids. I know it would have to me when I was young. Thanks for sharing this interesting book.

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    • reshamad

      True that Alex! We tried this at home and spend a nice couple of hours dropping things out our window and recording them ha ha! Felt like a kid once more
      -Reshama

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  2. The illustrations are amazing and seems to making learning fun, which is just what kids need. Thanks for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    • reshamad

      Absolutely! Fun way to experiment as you said Stacie! thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  3. Perfect for my son. Repeat perfect for my son. He loves these sort of experiments and even better that there is a good story and illustrations for him.

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    • reshamad

      And an “almost” real story too Kriss. It has been believed that Galileo actually tried out these experiments at the Leaning tower of Pisa!!:)
      -Reshama

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  4. Jemima Pett

    I love any book that gets people thinking about science and, better still, experimenting. Thanks for telling us about it!

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    • reshamad

      My Pleasure Jemima! I love how simple ideas can open doors for more questions and experiments! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  5. I Love it, once again you take the prize for the most innovative and unique book. I just love your book recommendations Reshama. Thanks so much for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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  6. This looks like an incredible book! I love how the story blends historical fiction and physics. It sounds like a book that would appeal to a very wide audience.
    You always feature such great books, and I really enjoy reading your reviews, Reshama!

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    • reshamad

      Katie thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words! You are right about the appeal to a wide audience.. I even made my husband read this one And then we headed right to our top floor window and dropped a bunch of bouncy balls and recorded it too! Felt like a kid once more! Thats what I love that about kidlit books.
      Again, thanks for your kind words! I really appreciate it.
      -Reshama

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  7. As a child who never really found an interest in science, I love seeing books like this published because it makes science and learning approachable. Another wonderful find – thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Me too! I loved the idea so much and I am actively hunting for similar books! Do try out the experiment, its terribly FUN!
      -Reshama

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  8. This looks like a good addition to a homeschool science unit. Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday

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    • reshamad

      Tina thank YOU for hosting! I am always looking for interesting reads on Booknificient Thursday. Its wonderful to bump across like minded readers
      -Reshama

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  9. The illustrations look so delicate! I am wondering whether it has a Chinese-version. Thank you for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      I never looked to see if they have a translation. I hope you find one! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  10. Stopping by on the hop – this is a great topic! I love how the illustrations are both modern-feeling and echo classic Italian art.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Katy. I agree that the artwork is appealing yet somehow true to the time period.
      -Reshama

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  11. What a brilliant book! It’s fantastic! I love how you can sneak in a science lesson with some picture books. Thanks for hostessing the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again!

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    • reshamad

      Its exactly that! I loved that about the book… now I want more!!
      -Reshama

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