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The Nobel Prize: The Story of Alfred Nobel and the Most Famous Prize in the World Hardcover – July 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554077117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554077113
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both historical overview and collective biography, this volume, illustrated with small color portraits on each page, begins with the life of Alfred Nobel and his achievements in business and science. Worek then discusses how the Swedish Nobel academy administers its awards, with profiles of the laureates (they are not to be called winners) in chemistry, medicine, physics, literature, peace, and, since 1969, in economics. That is a huge amount of material for one small book to cover, and with barely one paragraph dedicated to each laureate, many readers will have difficulty understanding the amazing discoveries that led to the prize. Appended color charts list the laureates in each category, but the lack of further-reading recommendations is unfortunate. The longest, most detailed chapters focus on the laureates for peace and human rights, from Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa to Amnesty International and Barack Obama. In addition to the biographies, the questions about Nobel, the creator of dynamite, will intrigue students: Did he establish the Nobel Prize to atone for harm caused by the use of his invention in war? Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman

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A Reader's Respite is pleased as punch to note that Michael Worek's book Nobel: A Century of Prize Winners is printed using eco-friendly paper, but we have to be honest here...this book would be uber-cool even if it were printed on toilet paper. Not only does Worek explain the fascinating history behind the Nobel Prize...but he also provides biographies of past winners and intriguing explanations of the work that led to their Nobel Prize... This would make a great holiday gift for anyone who loves this kind of "did you know?" information or just wants to win their next game of Trivial Pursuit. It would also make a great gift for school-aged children...no more searching for the next essay topic. Highly recommended! (A Reader's Respite 2010-11-10)

In clear prose, author Michael Worek relates the story of Alfred Nobel and the genesis of the Nobel Prizes that were the result of Nobel's creativity, wealth, and desire to acknowledge those who contributed to humanity in the fields of science, literature, peace and economics....Young readers of this book will have a good overview of the individuals and the history of the Nobel Prize...The reader will be reminded of the joy of discovery, learning, and contributing to a greater good that the Prize recipients represent...The design of Worek's book has a crisp and contemporary feel to it. This gives a modern tone to the stories of the Prize winners of the past for the younger reader. A colourful chart at the back of the book gives a full rendering of all the Prize winners over time...Highly recommended. (J. Lynn Fraser Canadian Materials Reviews 2010-10-01)

The story of the Nobel prizes and the man who chose to use his fortune in this way is fascinating, and this collection of profiles of prize recipients is equally interesting and inspiring. The book begins with an Introduction outlining the history of the prizes; the remainder is organized by decade--a complete annotated list of all recipients is provided for each ten-year period from 1901 to 2007, accompanied by one-page profiles of a selection of these outstanding people. Providing a perspective of this period of human history and a glimpse into the lives of some extraordinary people, this book can be used as a reference tool or simply to browse out of interest. (Canadian Teacher 2009-05-00)

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It is an excellent book. Especially for the young people to encourage and lead them to study sciences and to be a Nobelist.
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