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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

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Publisher Comments:

A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

Review:

"Berne (Manfish) and Radunsky (Hip Hop Dog) create an inspired tribute to Einstein, a man who 'asked questions never asked before. Found answers never found before. And dreamed up ideas never dreamt before.' The book moves briskly through Einstein's quiet, inquisitive childhood (a magnetic compass helped trigger his interest in the 'mysteries in the world — hidden and silent, unknown and unseen') to his accomplishments as an adult. Radunsky's loose, hulking ink caricatures capture the gleam in Einstein's eye at every age. When Berne explains how Einstein helped prove the existence of atoms, Radunsky uses dots to underscore the idea in the accompanying image ('Even this book is made of atoms!' the scientist gleefully explains, breaking the fourth wall). Einstein's lifelong curiosity sings through every page, and Berne emphasizes that readers are heir to that same spirit of discovery. In the closing scene, Radunsky pictures a boy, girl — and dog! — wearing rather Einsteinian plaid suits, staring at a field of question marks with a familiar gleam in their eyes. Ages 6 — 9. Author's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jennifer Berne is the author of the acclaimed Manfish, about Jacques Cousteau, and spends her time writing children's books about the subjects she loves most—our amazing universe and the people who are passionate about it. She lives in Copake, New York.

Vladimir Radunsky, when not creating award-winning children's books, refills his soul with the sounds of Bach, Chopin, and Snoop Dogg. He lives in Rome, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811872355
Author:
Berne, Jennifer
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Author:
Radunsky, Vladimir
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Science & Technology
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
10.25 x 10.375 x 0.375 in 1.05 lb
Age Level:
from 6 up to 9

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Product details 56 pages Chronicle Books (CA) - English 9780811872355 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Berne (Manfish) and Radunsky (Hip Hop Dog) create an inspired tribute to Einstein, a man who 'asked questions never asked before. Found answers never found before. And dreamed up ideas never dreamt before.' The book moves briskly through Einstein's quiet, inquisitive childhood (a magnetic compass helped trigger his interest in the 'mysteries in the world — hidden and silent, unknown and unseen') to his accomplishments as an adult. Radunsky's loose, hulking ink caricatures capture the gleam in Einstein's eye at every age. When Berne explains how Einstein helped prove the existence of atoms, Radunsky uses dots to underscore the idea in the accompanying image ('Even this book is made of atoms!' the scientist gleefully explains, breaking the fourth wall). Einstein's lifelong curiosity sings through every page, and Berne emphasizes that readers are heir to that same spirit of discovery. In the closing scene, Radunsky pictures a boy, girl — and dog! — wearing rather Einsteinian plaid suits, staring at a field of question marks with a familiar gleam in their eyes. Ages 6 — 9. Author's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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