On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

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

I love picture books that teach children about extraordinary human beings throughout history. Sometimes, however, they can be rather pedestrian biographies. Not so for this fascinating book on Albert Einstein.

It begins with his birth and unusual behaviour during childhood (he barely spoke and would often just look wonderingly at the world). We then learn about Einstein’s love of numbers, his contributions to our understanding of atoms, and his theories about time and space.

The story and its unusual illustrations paint Einstein as a person who asked many questions, refused to conform, and, by being completely himself, contributed more than any other to our knowledge and understanding of the universe.

Recommended for inquiring minds ages 5 and up.


Angela Crocombe is from Readings St Kilda.

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