On a beam of light : a story of Albert Einstein (#1283HA1)

by Berne, Jennifer; illustrated by Radunsky, Vladimir

10 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Chronicle Books, 2016
Price: USD 15.66
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Dewey: 530; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 4.5
AR 4.5 LG .5 157835EN; RC 3.2 2; LEX AD680L
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 5-8
From Booklist: Grades 1-3; Kirkus: Ages 6-9; PW: Ages 6-9; SLJ: Gr 1-3; read the full-text reviews


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Includes bibliographical references. A biography of physicist Albert Einstein.

Product Details
  • Publisher:Chronicle Books
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2016
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: First Chronicle Books LLC paperback edition, published in 2016.
  • Dewey: 530
  • Classifications: Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
  • Tracings: Radunsky, Vladimir, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-51812-159-4 (originally 1-45215-211-X)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-51812-159-3 (originally 978-1-45215-211-0)
  • Follett Number: 1283HA1
  • Reading Level: 4.5
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 5-8
  • Booklist: Grades 1-3
  • Kirkus: Ages 6-9
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 6-9
  • School Library Journal: Gr 1-3
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.5
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 157835EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD680L

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2014
  • Booklist starred, 06/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 05/01/13
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 04/01/13
  • Library Media Connection starred, 11/01/13
  • New York Times, 07/14/13
  • Publishers Weekly Annex, 06/17/13
  • School Library Journal starred, 04/01/13
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 05/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (June 1, 2013 (Vol. 109, No. 19))
Grades 1-3. It’s not easy to explain the work of Albert Einstein to a young audience, but this marvelous book pulls it off. It does so by providing an overview of Einstein’s life: the way he thought and how his remarkable ideas changed the way scientists think. Berne begins with baby Albert, who “didn’t say a word.” And as he got older, he didn’t say a word—but he “looked and wondered.” When he was a student, his teachers thought he was too different, but his differences led him to think about natural phenomenon like light and numbers in new ways. The book reroutes the text around events in Einstein’s life, such as his escape from Nazi Germany and his move to the U.S., and it only touches upon his work on the nuclear bomb. This is a more personal look, but still, it explains how he came to the discovery of atoms and his theories about the speed of light. The text could not have better support than Radunsky’s artwork. Executed on textured papers, the stylized watercolors outlined in ink sometimes eschew decoration, with the focus on Einstein and others in his life; other spreads are swirled with words and numbers. The book stresses that readers may someday answer the questions that Einstein didn’t get to, and an author’s note extends the text with paragraphs about Einstein’s pacifism, personality, and thought experiments. A book as special as its subject.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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