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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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"A book as special as its subject." - Booklist, starred review
"A celebration of curiosity."--Design Mom
"A delight for the sense... this elegant new picture book might just be that physical gift to spur on the next generation of wonderers." - Out With the Kids
"A delightful book and I would use it in my classroom." - Marilyn Cook, PreK-5 teacher, NSTA National Science Teachers Association Reccomends
"A delightful young readers' introduction to several of Einstein's amazing ideas-and an equally valuable celebration of the advantages of being different." -Bob Berman, science author and columnist, Astronomy Magazine
"A great read about a great man." - Walking Brain Cells
"Richly imagined, beautifully designed, impressionistic biography." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Simply voiced, with word choices and illustrations as exciting as the subject."--Herald-Sun Best Books of 2013
"Something of an It Gets Better Project for mathematically precocious children."--The New York Times
"Sure to captivate young readers." - ReaderKidz
"This is the best way to humanize such a larger-than-life historical figure." -- North Adams Transcript
"Truly amazing." - The Horn Book, starred review
"Utterly charming."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Whimsical and illuminating, this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography accomplishes a daunting task: to introduce the life and work of Albert Einstein to young readers."--Book Links, 2013 Lasting Connections
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"A splendid introduction to a man who never stopped questioning." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A perfect introduction to the famous physicist."-Science Books and Films
"An ingenious portrait of genius." - The San Francisco Chronicle
"Awakens a sense of curiosity and mystery in youngsters... an invitation to children to awaken their imaginations." - Shelf Awareness for Readers
"By celebrating Einstein's wonderful curiosity, this book will inspire young kids to find science fascinating." -Walter Isaacson, author, Einstein: His Life and Universe
"Don't miss this book. " - Kid Lit Frenzy
"Einstein positively glows, radiating love and intelligence."-The Washington Post
"Einstein's lifelong curiosity sings through every page."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"I was wowed by this book."--Robin Smith, The Horn Book Blog
"It's impossible not to be inspired, not only by Einstein himself but also by this dazzling account of his life and imagination."--BookPage
"It's not easy to explain Einstein to young readers, but this terrific book pulls it off."--Bookist Top 10 Biographies for Youth
"Makes genius Albert Einstein seem accessible." - Nerdy Book Club
"On a Beam of Light reminds us that imagination is important, and that thinking is valuable. A great message for the little scientist in your life!" - Emily, bookseller, Hooray for Books!
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Top Customer Reviews
In general, I would say that this book is appropriate for the third grade and up set in terms of content and readability (there are a few difficult words) but it really is a well-written, beautiful, and simple summary of the life of Albert Einstein. It also has gorgeous illustrations, so it is the whole package. Highly recommend for your budding scientist or mathematician.
This is a rather dreamy book, dreamily illustrated with wispy strokes, muted colors, and dashing sketches in pen and ink. Although written in picture book format, this story is unlikely to appeal to preschoolers. Three-fourths of the book is about Einstein as an adult, and his adult ideas and theories. Small children are attracted to things that they can relate to on their own level. This would be of more interest to 3rd or 4th graders, if they could overlook the childish format.
That being said, there are a few young children who do think on a different level than other children and feel out of place with children their own age. This book could speak to them.
Art work is gorgeous -- should be a leading contender for the Caldecott!!!
The hardcover version is definitely sturdier but the new paperback version holds up well. I do wish that they didn't put the font in a red color on some pages - it's hard to see with the background color.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book about Einstein simplifies his life and evokes your mind to be just as curious as his! I will use this with my middle school students, but it could easily be used with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tanya Merezko
Fun to share with the kids. my son is high functioning autistic so it is great for him to see brilliant minds over come struggles to do great things.Published 1 month ago by Cassandra
A beautiful book, highlighting the journey of Albert Einstein from early childhood through his famous E=MC2 theory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shalom Spirited Elder
Amazing story about the life of Albert Einstein. I'm glad that this book exists so I have the means to introduce this truly amazing man to my young son in a way that he can enjoy.Published 2 months ago by Karen Sanders