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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

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4.5/5 (143 Bewertungen)
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44 Seiten
10 Minuten
Freigegeben:
Apr 23, 2013
ISBN:
9781452113098
Format:
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Beschreibung

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.
Freigegeben:
Apr 23, 2013
ISBN:
9781452113098
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of the biographies Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau and On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. She lives in Copake, New York.

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  • (4/5)
    The drawings are spare sketches in pencil, with muted colors. The background of all the text and artwork is a heavy grade, textured paper. Some key phrase in the text are highlight in red. I like how the sketches are a little bit haphazard and messy. The sturdy text provides a good balance. Each drawing depicts a significant event in Einstein's life. We know of the important work that he accomplished, and because this is such challenging stuff, I think it is a good idea that Rudunsky's artwork is light and carefree.I really enjoyed cozying up in bed with this playful account of Einstein's time on Earth. I think kids in elementary school would like this book because it's fun to see science presented this way.
  • (5/5)
    My classes love to be read this book because Einstein is almost a folktale in himself to them. The illustrations are surreal and fun, while the narrative of Einsteins life is told in such a way that children really begin to sense that they, too, could strive to become scientists if they really wanted to. It also does a good job of beginning to explain relativity in a way that is not completely confounding to young people.
  • (5/5)
    A picture book biography of Albert Einstein focussing on how he struggled as a child and was different all his life, but never stopped thinking and went on to make many amazing discoveries. The book is dedicated to the next Albert Einstein, and ends by saying there are still so many unanswered questions, but that you may be the one to answer them. There are also some interesting authors notes at the end and suggestions for more in depth reading.
  • (4/5)
    nice to read ...
  • (4/5)
    This book is beautifully illustrated and tells the life story of Albert Einstein in a way that may resonate well with young children. The illustrations are simple, stunning, and appear to have been draw and painted on rice paper. Curiosity is a major theme throughout, as the narrative focuses on Einstein's curious nature and the remarkable achievements that resulted from it. It also includes descriptions of some of Einstein's quirks, which adds a touch of humor and helps draw young readers into his story.
  • (5/5)
    On A Beam of Light tells the story of the life of Albert Einstein. The story starts out when he was first born. His parents even at that time knew there was something different about him. Albert didn't talk for many years and was always very curious about the world around him. As he grew older his curiosity about how the world works grew and grew. Albert began to read and study about light, sound, heat, magnetism, and gravity. This lead to him creating his own scientific theories. I how the focus of the book is on how Albert never stopped asking questions. Even when people looked at him differently or were annoyed with him, he still asked questions. The book also focuses on Einstein's unique qualities such as the way he wore his hair, his dress and how he would wander around the town he lived in deep in thought sometimes eating an ice cream cone. This is a great book for exposing children to the life of Albert Einstein. I'm sure many kids can relate to his curiosities and his need to find out why and how. It also reminds the reader to see everyone talents even when they might be different from the crowd. Very well written and informative book. The illustrations are simple and enhance the story nicely. I would definitely add this to my classroom book shelf.
  • (4/5)
    I loved the illustrations in this book and the message it send to children. The illustrator creates whimsical pictures by filling in sketched outlines with bright watercolor. The story is about a young boy who’s wondering, thinking, imagining, and questioning leads to incredible discoveries. Albert was just like any other kid who questioned how things worked, but he took it a step further.
  • (5/5)
    This book conveys how the imagination and creativity of Einstein must have FELT! It is a great jumping off point for learning more about Einstein!
  • (4/5)
    This was a great biography on Albert Einstein. The illustrations were very unique and almost had a child like drawing quality to them that I felt added to the book. The illustrations, even though childlike, really went along with the book and the feel of the story. The text was interesting too in that some of the more important sentences on the page were in bold, red text while the other text was just in black. I think that this made it easier for younger children to be able to get the main ideas on that page even when their was more text them they are used to. Even though this was a biography, I felt that it had a really good message for children that they should constantly question their surroundings and never stop wondering and really made it seem possible for them to be successful and reach their dreams and most importantly be themselves no matter what any one else said. The last page really sums up this book and the big ideas that it was hoping to foster. It says "Questions that someday YOU may answer... by wondering, thinking, and imagining."
  • (5/5)
    This book is so beautifully designed and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky that it is impossible not to be drawn into the story. But the author does an excellent job with the text as well. Einstein is depicted as curious, charmingly eccentric, and always deep in thought, “sometimes eating an ice-cream cone.” When Einstein was little, he imagined racing through space on a beam of light. What would happen if he did that? He began to read and study. He continued to wonder about everything even as an adult: "Albert watched a lump of sugar dissolve and disappear into his hot tea. How could this happen? He watched the smoke from his pipe swirl and disappear into the air. How could one thing disappear into another?"He thought about very big things, like the size of the universe, and very small things, like what goes on inside the tiniest particles.Some of his ideas about how things worked are presented in a simple way, but mostly there are just indications of the importance of his thinking:"Albert’s ideas helped build spaceships and satellites that travel to the moon and beyond. His thinking helped us understand our universe as no one ever had before.”Best of all, the book asserts that “Albert left us many big questions....Questions that someday YOU may answer...by wondering, thinking, and imagining.”Illustrator Radunsky is a treasure. His pen and ink images on textured paper defy space and gravity, pay homage to evolution, and show how the medium can be meta, as with his use of pointillism on the pages devoted to Einstein’s meditations on atoms, and his playful expression of perspective: it's all relative! The cleverness and whimsy of the pictures is a perfect fit for the story of Einstein. End notes include a list of additional resources. Evaluation: I have looked at the pictures over and over in this book. Chronicle Books, which specializes in works of art and design, has done an excellent job in putting together this book. It will encourage young children to see not only the possibilities of imagination, but will also give them an appreciation for the beauty and delight of artistic rendition. Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    I have always been intrigued by Albert Einstein. Solely my the depth and significance of his thinking. I am really happy to have found this book. What a great way to introduce him to young students. The illustrations were not what I expected, they brought the story down to a childs perspective. The illustrations were not at all stiff or regimented like I would imagine a biography to be but fun and childish. The text features were fantastic in this as well! Important words were in bold or had different colors. This book made a biography fun and full of wonder, it encouraged children to think and explore, to question and to wonder. Which is exactly what children should be doing, in my opinion. I will be buying this book to add to my collection, without a doubt!
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this book. It would be great to use for both science and history. It introduces the young Albert Einstein and gives insight to his thinking, creativity, and ideas. I think students would be able to relate to his young imagination.I would use this book for first through fourth grade students.
  • (4/5)
    This inspirational book is a biography of Albert Einstein that is meant to give young readers a brief overview of his life, personality and career accomplishments. It goes into details about the things that really drove Einstein to pursue the knowledge and information that he was curious about and eventually make the discoveries to become the genius that we remember.
  • (5/5)
    Summary: Albert Einstein was very different. He didn’t talk until much later than most. He was bad in school. He daydreamed a lot and questioned everything. His differences are what made him special. It was his curiosity and thirst for answers that led him to his theory of relativity, atoms, and the speed of light. This book tells all of that in a way that young minds can understand. The illustrations do a great job of explaining what the author meant and demonstrating a little of how it may have looked in Einstein’s mind.Personal Experience:I am a fan of physics. I love that this book tells Albert Einstein’s story in a way that is entertaining to children to know that someone so intelligent and special was very successful as a student. They need to understand that being themselves is the best thing and being different is never bad. Classroom Extension Ideas:1.)Albert craved knowledge so he learned more by always reading and studying. This is a good book to demonstrate to a class just how important it is to read. I could ask them to try and think of a few things that might be different for us if Albert Einstei9n had decided to never read or study.2.)Albert liked to get on his sail boat and ride out into the ocean when he really needed to think. I would ask the kids to describe (or draw for smaller ones) their favorite place to think, and then tell me why this place works so well for them. 3.)Elementary or middle school science books usually touch on the idea of motion, the speed of light, and E=mc^2.This book would be fun to read while doing this lesson. Sometimes adding a story to the information can make it stick in a child’s memory a little bit better.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    Another great biography of a famous individual who was once also a young individual who seemed...different. I think this is a great subject for young individuals to find identity and also learn about one of the greats in the field of science. I love the illustrations as well!
  • (4/5)
    The artwork and lettering in this book are gorgeous!
  • (4/5)
    This would be a wonderful introduction to the very complex Albert Einstein. I liked that it shared the importance of thinking about light and his understanding of the universe.
  • (3/5)
    I think this is a good children's book. I like this book for the illustrations and the message of the story. I like that the illustrations are simple pencil like drawings. Although they are simple, I think that they express the story well and show emotions of the characters. I also like the meaning of the story. Through Albert Einstein's story, the reader learns to never give up and to always keep trying because eventually it will pay off. This is a great lesson for all children to learn and aspire to live by.
  • (3/5)
    Interestingly written picture book about the biography of Albert Einstein. The story begins with a boy riding a bike down the road and wondering if he could go at a speed faster than the speed of light. This ultimately leads to Albert Einstein's development of the speed of light. There are many other scenes where the young Albert shows how he will ultimately become the most influential and famous scientist in history. It was a good book as far as learning and education but it was not a very interesting book in regards to the illustrations.
  • (5/5)
    On a Beam of Light follows the ordinary days in the life of genius Albert Einstein. I thinks this was an enjoyable biographical read for young children. It was interesting, funny, and informational all wrapped up in one. The book was from Albert's birth to his death and followed all his questions and findings through life. While following Albert through his life the book shows how just little, everyday things captures his attention. The beams of the sun, the way a compass points north, the smoke from his pipe disappearing, and his lump of sugar dissolving into his tea. This makes students aware of the happenings that go on around them and that there is more to everything than meets the eye. Throughout life Albert asked thoughts of questions that made him curious about science and how things work. Many times students are hushed or dismissed for asking questions. I think Albert's life is an encouragement for students to ask questions, especially about things that interests them to find answers.To to it off in the back with the author's note is some of Albert's scientific findings and more about him. This is where this book could easily be integrated into a science lesson or introduction. It becomes more than just a fun book about Albert Einstein and becomes a lesson and gives students a greater background on him and his findings.
  • (5/5)
    There are three reasons I like this book. First, the illustrations were not very detailed and looked more like sketches, which made me focus on the words. For example, when Albert is day dreaming and thinking about the world there are loosely drawn pictures of various moving objects. Second, some of the writing in the book is in red, large font than most of the black words which catches my eyes and highlights Albert’s interests and ideas. For example, Albert was watching sugar dissolve in tea and watching smoke come out of his pipe, and started to ask himself questions (in red, large font) about how one thing could disappear into another. Third, the plot was well paced and organized. Throughout the book, the reader learned what Albert was like as a child, quiet and different, and what he did, wondered and studied- mathematics, gravity, magnetism, light, sound, and heat, as he grew up to become an adult. The message of this book is to be curious about the world and always ask questions because it may lead you to your dream.
  • (3/5)
    On A Beam of Light follows the life of the genius Albert Einstein. The book follows Einstein from his birth until his death, throughout his life, Albert asks many questions. Albert's asking questions has lead to many findings, a lot of which has changed the world. The pictures by Vladimir Radunsky were fun, whimsical, and made the book more enjoyable. However, I would not share this book with my class. The story was long and at many points, slow. I would have the book in class for students who are interested in science or Einstein, but it is not a book that I would share with the class as a whole.
  • (5/5)
    Very cute drawings, a good way to introduce your kids to Einstein.
  • (5/5)
    I like is that Albert turn 2 years old today.
    I like is that Albert like mathematics.
  • (4/5)
    Story: 5 stars. Loved this story! The language is simple, explaining science and complex terms and concepts in a fun and straightforward way. And the storytelling is superb--the word choices the author made are brilliant, very evocative. It's quite a talent to paint a whole world with a few words!

    Illustrations: 3 stars. I wish I loved them more...I really do. In a way, the loose brushstrokes complimented Einstein's personality, but I kept wishing for more color and detail--to see Albert and his thoughts and imaginings and ideas leap off the page! And it just couldn't happen with the style the illustrations were created in.
  • (4/5)
    my kid didn't get bored