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On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne & Vladimir Radunsky

On a beam of light

Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2013

Hardcover, 56 pages

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7235-5

Suggested reading age: 6+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: ****

This is a beautifully written and illustrated story about Albert Einstein's life and work.  In this picture book, Jennifer Berne and Vladimar Radunsky make Einstein come alive.  They share moments from his childhood, his search to do the work that he loved and his legacy.  Einstein was a curious child who was always asking questions and wondering. He got into trouble at school for always asking questions.  Something I am sure that a lot of children can relate to.  Their thirst and quest for knowledge seems at times to be unquenchable!

The book is a lovely way to introduce your children to one of the greatest scientists of our time.  It gives them encouragement to wonder, think and imagine as well as telling them that to be different is okay.  Einstein wore shoes without socks and said that now he was grown up, no-one could tell him to put on his socks!  The book includes an author's note at the end with more information about Einstein's life and work plus further reading.  Younger readers may not understand all the science references but they will enjoy the story of Einstein's life.


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