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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.


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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.

30 review for On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Albert Einstein Book for Kids, Books About Scientists for Kids, Biographies for Kids, Kids Science Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richie Partington

    Richie's Picks: ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky, Chronicle, April 2013, 56p., ISBN: 978-0-8118-7235-5 "When I was young it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical. And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily oh joyfully, oh playfully watching me. But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, oh responsible, practical" -- Roger Hodgson, "The Logical Song" "Albert started Richie's Picks: ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky, Chronicle, April 2013, 56p., ISBN: 978-0-8118-7235-5 "When I was young it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical. And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily oh joyfully, oh playfully watching me. But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, oh responsible, practical" -- Roger Hodgson, "The Logical Song" "Albert started asking questions. Questions at home. Questions at school. So many questions that some of his teachers told him he was a disruption in his class. They said he would never amount to anything unless he learned to behave like all the other students. "But Albert didn't want to be like the other students." I got to the point as a teenager that I either needed to embrace my growing nonconformity or else end up feeling bad all the time about not being like everyone else seemed to be. Luckily for me, my self-acceptance of being different took place during the late sixties when I could take great comfort in the fact that there were others out there who were similarly not fitting in and who, nevertheless, seemed to be making the most of it, and having a pretty good time of it. Luckily for the world, back in a day when nonconformity was not particularly in vogue, Albert Einstein didn't worry about conforming either. After providing a look at his childhood and early adulthood, author Jennifer Berne does a great job of describing Albert Einstein's groundbreaking work in physics on a simple enough level that fourth and fifth graders will be able to get a little taste of what it was all about. This makes ON A BEAM OF LIGHT a trade book of value in supplementing the science curriculum. But the aspect I love most about this exceptionally well-illustrated picture book is the manner in which it provides a real taste of how one of the most brilliant people to ever live spent his time as an adult embracing life: We read how he let his mind wander as the wind blew him across the water in his little sailboat. About his putting aside a difficult science problem and picking up his violin. About his wandering around deep in thought, eating an ice cream cone. And then, in the back matter, we read about how Einstein loved jokes and tricks, how his eyes sparkled, how he laughed, and how he loved children. That he was a person who could enjoy life in ways that I find so meaningful while also being one of history's greatest thinkers makes for a lot of admiration and inspiration on my part. And I love the notion that some young reader who feels really different, and has maybe taken some grief for not conforming, will check out this biography and take comfort in knowing that someone truly amazing like Albert Einstein dealt with just the same sort of thing. Richie Partington, MLIS Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com [email protected] Moderator http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_... http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/facult...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein This was a kindle deal of the day and I've seen it on some finalist lists for end of the year Mock Newbery clubs. That wouldn't be enough to make me jump on it, but seriously: Albert Einstein. I could not pass this up because for the last few years we have told Ellie all about him when she had a hard time paying attention and not fitting into public schools. That the smartest man known in "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein This was a kindle deal of the day and I've seen it on some finalist lists for end of the year Mock Newbery clubs. That wouldn't be enough to make me jump on it, but seriously: Albert Einstein. I could not pass this up because for the last few years we have told Ellie all about him when she had a hard time paying attention and not fitting into public schools. That the smartest man known in history much preferred daydreaming and questioning and playing out in nature to sitting and copying by rote (worksheet homework). That he liked being himself and figuring things out. So yes, I bought it right quick. And it was perfect, we read it aloud this morning. The art was wonderful and a little offbeat, just like him. When it described Albert as a child looking at beams of light and imagining riding his bike on those beams - which led him to proving that time slows down when moving the speed of light, Ellie's face was flabbergasted! It was so cute! She loved hearing how he preferred wearing is comfy baggy pants and comfy baggy sweater and refused to wear sock because no socks made his feet happy - Ellie knew she had found a kindred spirit (she wore a tank top and yoga pants under her Christmas church dress today because she doesn't like those other fabrics against her skin - including silky slips, those are no go, too.) I loved the prose, albert's parents knew he was "so different, but so dear." it ends speaking about all the questions answered and all the questions he left behind for us to answer, that even you may find the answer to. This afternoon out of the blue Ellie just asked, "so I can ask any questions I want, right? I am okay asking all my questions?" YES YES YES!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I seem to be having different opinions from most lately. Well, it just happened again. People have been singing their praises over this book. I don't know if it is the last page that gets them so excited with the author addressing the kid reader pointing out the kid might be the one to solve some of the questions Einstein left posterity or what. While I don't really have much that is negative about this book, I don't see a lot that is positive either. I like the analogy of a beam of light. But I I seem to be having different opinions from most lately. Well, it just happened again. People have been singing their praises over this book. I don't know if it is the last page that gets them so excited with the author addressing the kid reader pointing out the kid might be the one to solve some of the questions Einstein left posterity or what. While I don't really have much that is negative about this book, I don't see a lot that is positive either. I like the analogy of a beam of light. But I am not at all sure it would make sense to a kid. Also, from a librarian point of view, this book is rather useless for a kid doing a report on Einstein. I agree, not all books can or should be report type books. However, it is a piece of info to consider when purchasing for the library. I suppose a lot of what bugged me was the emphasis on his little oddities in behavior such as refusing to wear socks. Sure, kids can relate to that but how important is that to an understanding for what made Einstein tick? I think if I were a kid I'd finish the book thinking so why is this guy so famous? It is just too general,even for the age it is written for. The illustrations are much the same. I think they are pleasant enough but there is nothing about them that makes me go WOW! I guess part of what I'm thinking is that we have so many books for kids on Einstein that a new one really should cover some new way of looking at a genius and I don't think this book does that successfully. Besides......it is going to be murder to shelve, a complaint only library people will relate to!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ying Lee

    Genre: Biography Copyright: 2013 The life of Albert Einstein is abnormal. He began to speak later than most children; he wondered about things that were different from his peers; his imagination usually send him to a wild world. In other people's eyes, he was a weirdo! Yet, this weirdo became a genius one day when others finally realize how knowledgeable this man was. As a matter of fact, Albert Einstein was never a weirdo. He was a man who loved observing, thinking, wondering, figuring, imagining Genre: Biography Copyright: 2013 The life of Albert Einstein is abnormal. He began to speak later than most children; he wondered about things that were different from his peers; his imagination usually send him to a wild world. In other people's eyes, he was a weirdo! Yet, this weirdo became a genius one day when others finally realize how knowledgeable this man was. As a matter of fact, Albert Einstein was never a weirdo. He was a man who loved observing, thinking, wondering, figuring, imagining, and reading. His desire to unravel the mysteries of the universe is driven by his curiosity and, of course, his hard work. I like the simple illustrations, especially the one that uses dots to show Einstein's discovery of everything being made of atoms. Some facts about Einstein included in Author's note gives readers extra information about this great physicist with a great mind. This could be an inspiring book that encourages children to keep wondering and exploring the world!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Absolutely fabulous biographical picture book of one of my favorite historical figures. This book uses a perfect style of illustration - somewhat childlike and mirroring sketches and doodles like Einstein might have made when hammering out his theories - to depict biographical details from the life of Albert Einstein and packs a deceptively impressive amount of great information - like his comfortable baggy trousers, sweaters, and socklessness for thinking - into the small package of a picture b Absolutely fabulous biographical picture book of one of my favorite historical figures. This book uses a perfect style of illustration - somewhat childlike and mirroring sketches and doodles like Einstein might have made when hammering out his theories - to depict biographical details from the life of Albert Einstein and packs a deceptively impressive amount of great information - like his comfortable baggy trousers, sweaters, and socklessness for thinking - into the small package of a picture book. Love, love, LOVE IT!

  6. 5 out of 5

    reading is my hustle

    E=mc2 Loved this book about scientific discovery! The illustrations are dreamy in this ode to Albert Einstein. LOVED. And the text does a dazzling job of conveying how Einstein's wide-eyed curiosity was responsible for his discoveries. Most amazing was his ability to visualize experiments in his mind. He was playful, a pacifist, loved children, and had a brilliant mind. E=mc2 Loved this book about scientific discovery! The illustrations are dreamy in this ode to Albert Einstein. LOVED. And the text does a dazzling job of conveying how Einstein's wide-eyed curiosity was responsible for his discoveries. Most amazing was his ability to visualize experiments in his mind. He was playful, a pacifist, loved children, and had a brilliant mind.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Filled with gouache and pen and ink illustrations and text that somehow bring to mind Albert Einstein, this picture book biography manages to make the famous physicist accessible to a young audience. The book briefly covers his formative years during which he quietly observed the world and his curiosity abouut its mysteries ("hidden and silent, unknown and unseen" (unpaged). That curiosity never faded, and he went on to become fascinated with light, sound, and numbers. That curiosity will lead t Filled with gouache and pen and ink illustrations and text that somehow bring to mind Albert Einstein, this picture book biography manages to make the famous physicist accessible to a young audience. The book briefly covers his formative years during which he quietly observed the world and his curiosity abouut its mysteries ("hidden and silent, unknown and unseen" (unpaged). That curiosity never faded, and he went on to become fascinated with light, sound, and numbers. That curiosity will lead to theories that will change the way we view the world. Children will enjoy reading about this great man's eccentricities such as wandering around town licking an ice cream cone and his dislike for socks. In the sure hands of this author and illustrator team, Einstein's strangeness is celebrated rather than mocked. Back matter includes author notes about Einstein. I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky title, which encourages young readers to ask and find answers to hard questions that puzzle them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    I absolutely love this book! Thinking I'll use it as a beginning of the school year read aloud to encourage students to always wonder, think, imagine, and be curious. I absolutely love this book! Thinking I'll use it as a beginning of the school year read aloud to encourage students to always wonder, think, imagine, and be curious.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane Scholey

    This is a wonderful picture book about the life and thinking of Albert Einstein. Great example of narrative non-fiction and how it can work. Great way to introduce and discuss the ideas of this genius. Thanks to Rebekah for the recommendation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Noninuna

    A really good book to introduce Einstein to children. The illustrations are lovely too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1291 Albert wasn’t like other children. He didn’t speak; he thought. He didn’t play with others; he was fascinated with everything around him. But it is all of this curiosity that led to his revolutionary ideas. I love how this book focuses on how Albert’s creativity is one of the keys to what made him the amazing scientist that he is. Also, as a teacher of struggling and gifted students, I love the focus on how he didn’t do well in school. It sh Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1291 Albert wasn’t like other children. He didn’t speak; he thought. He didn’t play with others; he was fascinated with everything around him. But it is all of this curiosity that led to his revolutionary ideas. I love how this book focuses on how Albert’s creativity is one of the keys to what made him the amazing scientist that he is. Also, as a teacher of struggling and gifted students, I love the focus on how he didn’t do well in school. It shows how just because a student is different or a disturbance or thinks differently doesn’t mean that they aren’t intelligent. The book definitely promotes wonderings, thinking, and imagination! I also loved learning about the fun side of Einstein and how he likes to not wear socks, he liked to eat ice cream cones, and overall he just did what he want to have time to think. Finally, the Author’s Note puts all of Einstein’s theories together so that the reader also gets this information.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Reading this book reminded me of an early Apple computer poster campaign that featured pictures of famous people like Gandhi and John Lennon with the simple caption, "Think Different." Einstein was also featured on a poster. In this delightful picture book biography, Berne's text and Radunsky's illustrations perfectly capture Einstein's intense fascination with and curiosity about world, and his humor and passion for life. Reading this book reminded me of an early Apple computer poster campaign that featured pictures of famous people like Gandhi and John Lennon with the simple caption, "Think Different." Einstein was also featured on a poster. In this delightful picture book biography, Berne's text and Radunsky's illustrations perfectly capture Einstein's intense fascination with and curiosity about world, and his humor and passion for life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kellylou

    A fabulous look at the quirky life of Albert Einstein and the importance he placed on questioning and creativity as a means to finding answers to unanswerable questions. The whimsical illustrations paired with the varied text add to the fun this book has with itself. Love the blocky red text that can almost be read as a stand-alone to highlight the more important ideas throughout the story. Definitely a book worth sharing with students!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    This was just too cute! I absolutely loved it <3

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    A lovely retelling of Einstein's life starting from when he was born to when he was the old scientist with the crazy hair that we all recognise today. Putting his story into picture book format is a really great way to help children to access his discoveries and the contributions he made to science that would otherwise be quite complex for them to get their heads around. The illustrations are sweet and the book ends with information that then allow for further research and investigations that ch A lovely retelling of Einstein's life starting from when he was born to when he was the old scientist with the crazy hair that we all recognise today. Putting his story into picture book format is a really great way to help children to access his discoveries and the contributions he made to science that would otherwise be quite complex for them to get their heads around. The illustrations are sweet and the book ends with information that then allow for further research and investigations that children could do on their own or as part of future science lessons in school. I would definitely recommend this books to children with an interest in science but also those that just like to read as it will expand their knowledge and views even further.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tegan

    Great introduction for young readers to Albert Einstein. I like that it not only talks about his time as a scientist as an adult, but how he always thought and wondered as a child. The illustrations were great and really captured him. Read for Info Books for Youth for Grad School.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Agnė

    On a Beam of Light is a picturebook biography about Albert Einstein, one of the brightest minds in history. But Albert Einstein wasn't just smart; he was quirky, loved ice cream and jokes, didn't wear socks, enjoyed talking to children, played violin, sailed his boat, performed "thought experiments," was a pacifist, and always remained playful and curious. Jennifer Berne's prose is clear, engaging, personal, and poetic. Even the most complex ideas are presented in simple, easy to understand langu On a Beam of Light is a picturebook biography about Albert Einstein, one of the brightest minds in history. But Albert Einstein wasn't just smart; he was quirky, loved ice cream and jokes, didn't wear socks, enjoyed talking to children, played violin, sailed his boat, performed "thought experiments," was a pacifist, and always remained playful and curious. Jennifer Berne's prose is clear, engaging, personal, and poetic. Even the most complex ideas are presented in simple, easy to understand language. Vladimir Radunsky's simple, whimsical, and peacefully joyful illustrations are a perfect match to both the prose and the subject.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    Every so often, I read picture books on Scribd to see if I would one day like to buy them in physical format for my son. This one has been on my radar for a few years now, particularly because of my interest in physics and, more recently, in non-fiction for all age groups. Surprisingly, I went into this knowing very little about Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, I didn't finish the book with any more knowledge to be honest. This is more a story of inspiration than, as the subtitle states, 'A Story Every so often, I read picture books on Scribd to see if I would one day like to buy them in physical format for my son. This one has been on my radar for a few years now, particularly because of my interest in physics and, more recently, in non-fiction for all age groups. Surprisingly, I went into this knowing very little about Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, I didn't finish the book with any more knowledge to be honest. This is more a story of inspiration than, as the subtitle states, 'A Story of Albert Einstein'. Vladimir Radunsky's illustrations are expressive yet childlike which suits the style of Berne's writing. Unfortunately this will not be a book that I will be buying a copy of as I feel it had much more potential than was realised.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reshamad

    “Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein “On a Beam of Light” is a picture book biography on Albert Einstein. I have read quite a few picture book biographies on Einstein but this is the first and only book that has truly felt engaging and accessible for a younger audience. How do you explain to young kids about how the mind of a genius physicist works? How do you communicate how a simple beam of light opened a world of wonders for young Einstein? And how do you express the e “Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein “On a Beam of Light” is a picture book biography on Albert Einstein. I have read quite a few picture book biographies on Einstein but this is the first and only book that has truly felt engaging and accessible for a younger audience. How do you explain to young kids about how the mind of a genius physicist works? How do you communicate how a simple beam of light opened a world of wonders for young Einstein? And how do you express the eagerness with which Einstein wanted to learn about the world around him? “On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein ” does more! Berne tells the story of Einstein with great reverence and care. She describes his work through the qualities that drove Einstein to make discoveries. For example: she describes how a simple compass excited Einstein to the point that he shuddered, and thought “what other wondrous things remained to be discovered?” Berne then goes on to describe how Einstein started to think. To really think and ask questions. How he drove everyone crazy with his questions and how his eagerness to learn the answers drove him to study. One day he was riding his bike. He saw a beam of light.. and he wondered : How would it feel to ride a bike on that beam of light! His mind filled with questions, Einstein went on to study about light and sound and heat and magnetism. He discovered the secret language of numbers and the world that opened to him through them. Berne goes on to describe other discoveries that Einstein made through simple examples and straight forward language. She describes Einstein’s habits and quirks and things that made him unique. She describes him as a curious person, a person who loved science and a man who wanted to be left alone to think and let his mind wonder and wander. But Berne also goes on to tell about a man who found comfort in simple things of life. She ends the book with a note that Einstein left us with many more big questions; questions that scientists are still working on. This picture book biography is indeed a gem. Yes it is inspiring to read about Einstein, and even better to read about what really drove the man. You will find in this book many lessons for kids to learn from. But it is equally fun to read and learn about the great man himself. The illustrations, quirky and whimsical, are designed to reflect the eccentricities of Einstein himself. They are cleverly drawn to highlight how Einstein saw the world full of numbers and atoms and beams of light. “On a Beam of Light” is indeed a “DO NOT MISS” read of this year.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Tzoutzopoulou

    "He asked questions never asked before. Found answers never found before. And dreamed up ideas never dreamt before." This is a wonderful, must-read book for children. It is a well-written story about Albert Einstein, based on a significant research the author did to create this book. I also loved the illustrations. Well done! "He asked questions never asked before. Found answers never found before. And dreamed up ideas never dreamt before." This is a wonderful, must-read book for children. It is a well-written story about Albert Einstein, based on a significant research the author did to create this book. I also loved the illustrations. Well done!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Benji Martin

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction out loud to my students, but I might give this one a try next week. I don't read a lot of nonfiction out loud to my students, but I might give this one a try next week.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    5/5 A Fabulous book to foster children's interest in science. The true story of Albert Einstein. Read immediately in your local library's Junior NON-FIC section. 5/5 MH 5/5 A Fabulous book to foster children's interest in science. The true story of Albert Einstein. Read immediately in your local library's Junior NON-FIC section. 5/5 MH

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A must-have for all Einstein fans with children in their lives. A good reminder to us all that some of our greatest minds had unusual beginnings and were far from being "traditional" learners. A must-have for all Einstein fans with children in their lives. A good reminder to us all that some of our greatest minds had unusual beginnings and were far from being "traditional" learners.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolanne

    Nice introduction to Albert Einstein and the significance of being curious and searching for understanding.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CrazyUnicorn

    The drawings in this book are so cute. Loved how the author wrote about Einsteins life. A really good book for children :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Mathers

    "On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein" by Jennifer Berne is an inspiring biography of Albert Einstein's life and accomplishments. This book is uniquely written with a focus on how Einstein thrived on asking and answering questions through each stage of his life. These questions prompted his intense study and experimentation in math and science, ultimately making him one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. What I love about this book is that it draws attention to cer "On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein" by Jennifer Berne is an inspiring biography of Albert Einstein's life and accomplishments. This book is uniquely written with a focus on how Einstein thrived on asking and answering questions through each stage of his life. These questions prompted his intense study and experimentation in math and science, ultimately making him one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. What I love about this book is that it draws attention to certain difficulties and setbacks Albert Einstein faced. When Einstein was a baby, his parents worried about his frequent sickness and his late development in speaking. Because Einstein was always distracted by his "big" questions, his teachers said he was a disruption to his class and claimed he would never amount to anything unless he learned to behave. After his college graduation, Einstein was unable to find a teaching job and had to seek employment in a quiet government office. In spite of these and many other setbacks, Einstein went on to produce some of the highest quality research in math, science, and physics. This is a "wow" book for me for many reasons. First of all, this book lends itself to classroom conversations about overcoming obstacles. The author does not paint a picture of Einstein's life as a series of uninterrupted successes, and students can learn a valuable lesson about pursuing their dreams in spite of other's negative opinions and their own past failures. Another reason this is a "wow" book for me is because of the detail and intention given to the illustrations. This would be a great book to do a picture walk-through with students before reading. Also, I am impressed at how the content of this book is very interdisciplinary, including references to science, math, art, and music. Finally, this is a "wow" book to me because of the great resources in the back pages of the book. The last two pages contain more information about Einstein's theories and experiments. This is a great way to incorporate more informational text into the story. These back pages also list more resources, like books and websites, about Einstein's life and works. I would recommend this book to students in first through third grade, though it could also be used in fourth or fifth grade, as well. This book would be a great resource to introduce students to the genre of biography. There are many great vocabulary words to be studied in this book, such as "mystery," "theory," "experiment," and "motion." I would like to use this in my classroom along with a writing activity about "big" questions students might have of their own. I would end the lesson by rereading the last few lines of this book: "But still, Albert left us with many questions. Questions that scientists are working on today. Questions that someday YOU may answer... by wondering, thinking, and imagining."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    (Biography pick) This is a clever picture book about a very well known historical figure, Albert Einstein. It uses eye-catching illustrations that would appeal to children, while also providing doodles that resemble what Einstein might have made for his famous theories. It explains biographical details and information from Einstein's life and also shares the importance of curiosity, questioning, and exploration. This book is a fun and inspiring way for children to learn about Einstein's contribut (Biography pick) This is a clever picture book about a very well known historical figure, Albert Einstein. It uses eye-catching illustrations that would appeal to children, while also providing doodles that resemble what Einstein might have made for his famous theories. It explains biographical details and information from Einstein's life and also shares the importance of curiosity, questioning, and exploration. This book is a fun and inspiring way for children to learn about Einstein's contributions and discoveries to science! One thing I loved about this book is that it explores his life from the time he was young until he was an adult, which provides children with a relatable aspect to see his life at the age they are when reading or listening. It also highlights Einstein's setbacks and certain challenges that he faced which allows young readers to understand that even successful people will experience mistakes and hardships throughout their life. I would use this book for students in first through third grade to introduce students to the genre of biographies. It's a great example of a biography because it provides engaging details and a fun story line, rather than just stating details repetitively. It would also be great for these students to learn new vocabulary about science because it would introduce them to new words such as experiment, mystery, theory, scientist, and motion. I would use this in my classroom along with a writing activity about things they would say if they had the opportunity to meet Albert Einstein. We would reiterate that this story provides us with information about his life, so what can we do with that information? The students would write in their writer's notebook 2-4 sentences that they would say or ask to Albert Einstein.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mathew

    Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by the equally fantastic Vladimir Radunsky, this picture book takes us right through Einstein's life. From those initial years and his reluctance/delay in talking to the final ones where he constant got to do what he loved most: ponder, question and imagine. The title itself refers to a pivotal moment in his life when he realised that there were so many big questions out there which had yet to be answered or even asked. What I take away from this story i Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by the equally fantastic Vladimir Radunsky, this picture book takes us right through Einstein's life. From those initial years and his reluctance/delay in talking to the final ones where he constant got to do what he loved most: ponder, question and imagine. The title itself refers to a pivotal moment in his life when he realised that there were so many big questions out there which had yet to be answered or even asked. What I take away from this story is that it was Einstein's choice to not conform to what the rest of society expected which helped make him great. He didn't want to dress like others, learn like others or live like others. He just wanted to pursue those things that interested him and in doing so was allowed to become one of the greatest minds of all our times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    A picture book biography of Albert Einstein, who is a rather complex subject for a children's biography. Focuses more on his scientific curiosity and creative questioning of how the world works, since his formulas and theories are so difficult for the average person to understand, let alone a child. The last two pages contain back matter that explains more about Einstein as a person, including his feelings toward the atom bomb, which his work led directly to developing. There's also a short list A picture book biography of Albert Einstein, who is a rather complex subject for a children's biography. Focuses more on his scientific curiosity and creative questioning of how the world works, since his formulas and theories are so difficult for the average person to understand, let alone a child. The last two pages contain back matter that explains more about Einstein as a person, including his feelings toward the atom bomb, which his work led directly to developing. There's also a short list of recommended sources. Interesting endpapers contain some of Einstein's favorite objects.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kiarra

    Readers will follow Einstein on a journey filled with excitement, laughter, and scientific exploration in "On A Beam of Light." A curious, creative young boy grows into one of the most brilliant minds that transforms life as we know it. He hardly spoke as a child and isn't like the other students, nor does he want to be. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite readers to join Einstein on an adventure filled with excitement, fun, and scientific exploration in this book. This book appealed to Readers will follow Einstein on a journey filled with excitement, laughter, and scientific exploration in "On A Beam of Light." A curious, creative young boy grows into one of the most brilliant minds that transforms life as we know it. He hardly spoke as a child and isn't like the other students, nor does he want to be. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite readers to join Einstein on an adventure filled with excitement, fun, and scientific exploration in this book. This book appealed to me because it is an excellent way for children to learn about Albert Einstein's life and work. This is an excellent way of introducing young readers to the renowned physicist who never stopped questioning the world. I love how well the charming illustrations brighten each page, highlighting the story's core message about the importance of creativity and how it should be nurtured rather than crushed. Every word was enjoyable to me as an aspiring teacher. The article is well-written and instructive. It would be wonderful to be able to tell this story to my future students in a way that they can comprehend such a wonderful person!

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