Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On a Beam of Light- Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein 
by Jennifer Berne
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Chronicle Books 2013
56 Pages
Genre: Nonfiction, biography
Format: Picture book
Disclosure: Obtained from public library

Summary from Goodreads
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.

My Thoughts
I think everyone is a little bit fascinated with Einstein and I am no exception.  I found this book to be very interesting.  The author does an amazing job of weaving the story of Einstein's life into a picture book format.  The whimsical, disheveled style of the illustrations seem to reflect the personality of Einstein himself. Although this book discusses some of his theories, it is written in "kid friendly" language.  I would imagine students in grades 1-5 enjoying this book. 

Use This Book.....
in a biography unit.
as a mentor text for discussing differences and strengths.
as a springboard for brainstorming big and small questions.

Click here to see a short video about Einstein for kids. 


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