Jeanne K. Pettenati
After reading Dave Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, Jeanne Pettenati was hooked on the life and studies of Galileo Galilei. She read all she could find about him. While looking for a book about the scientist for her young daughter, she found nothing that expressed Galileo's own journey. She began to research the months Galileo spent inventing his telescope and, using her imagination, she wondered what his journal might contain.
Jeanne Pettenati was born in New York City, the first grandchild of Italian immigrants. She credits them for her lifelong love of all things Italian - food, books, art, culture, etc.
Jeanne studied law at the New England School of Law. It was here that she discovered her love of writing. She became a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, but after a few years decided she wanted a job that incorporated her writing skills and knowledge of the law. She became an editor for a legal publisher and wrote a newsletter about immigration policy and U.S. immigration laws.
During this time, Jeanne went back to school to study Italian literature and received a master's degree. She continued to work in the field of government relations and publishing, studying issues of privacy, telecommunications, and the information industry. But, Jeanne's writing began to branch into many arenas. She has written feature articles that have appeared in many publications, poetry, and reviews for Children's Literature.
Galileo's Journal, 1609-1610 is Jeanne's first picture book. While writing this book, Jeanne played with concave and convex lenses to understand how Galileo made his first telescope. She also visited the cities where Galileo lived and worked - Pisa, Florence, and Padua.
Jeanne lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and two children.