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Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Library Binding – September 1, 2004


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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6–This biography begins with Curie's childhood in Poland and follows her life and career through her death in 1934. Each chapter spread includes a page of text facing an arrangement of small photographs, commentary, and a cartoonlike depiction of Curie addressing readers via a dialogue balloon: "I was fascinated by radiation and couldn't wait to begin studying it." Unfortunately, the explanations of the basic science of radium and the discovery of the element are a bit unclear. Still, some of the individual pictures (Antoine-Henri Becquerel's actual photographic plate) and photos of Curie with other scientists (one with a young Albert Einstein) are interesting and enhance the text, and the book has browsing appeal. Steve Parker's Marie Curie and Radium (Chelsea, 1995) is better for reports and makes the discovery easier to understand.–Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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From Booklist

From the Kids Can Read Alone series, this biography introduces Marie Curie’s life and work. It begins with her early years in Poland, where women could not attend university (she worked to earn enough to study science in Paris). The book also touches upon her marriage to Pierre Curie; her discovery of polonium and radium, which led to two Nobel Prizes; and ends with her fatal illness and her stature as “the most famous woman scientist.” MacLeod, who earlier wrote a biography of the scientist for middle-grade students, does a good job presenting Marie Curie to even younger readers. The book clearly communicates the importance of this scientist’s achievements as well as her willingness to sacrifice personal comfort in pursuit of her goals; for instance, she drove X-ray machines to battlefields during World War I. A full-color illustration appears on each page. Though the figure drawing is a little awkward at times, the pictures add to the book’s appeal and help to define the people, the places, and the period in Curie’s life. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417725672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417725670
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,271,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not only encourages reading, but also an interest in history and science. I like to have my kids read the Kids Can Press biographies because it gets them thinking about what they can do when they grow up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By iWrite2,DoU? on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I pulled this book from the university library shelves as I was searching for a good example of a children's biography. For the photobiography genre, it is the best I've seen. The layout and design are excellent. It is informational, engaging and inviting. The layout breaks down a potentially boring subject and bridges the gap between dated photographs and modern sensibilites. This book is a good choice both for casual reader and student seeking information for a report.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Scott on August 18, 2012
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I purchased this book and several others plus various science toys/prog.and a lab coat,for a birthday gift for a very special,bright 6 year old girl.She loved them all and it seems to spark a bit of interest.Fun and Love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on March 1, 2009
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I teach 6th grade reading. This book is perfect for the classroom library. Students need to read a variety of non-fiction. I have found that most students love reading biographies. This is a must buy for the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booktastik on October 3, 2013
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is a gift for my 7 year old granddaughter. i believe is a good reader that will challenge her reading skills, but is not so difficult that it will frustrate her.
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