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On a Beam of Light


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Jennifer Berne is currently a contributing writer for Nick Jr. Magazine and spends her time writing children's books about the subjects she loves most; our amazing universe and the people who are passionate about it. Vladimir Radunsky, when not creating award-winning children's books such as What Does Peace Feel Like?, the best-selling The Maestro Plays, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Mighty Asparagus, refills his soul with the sounds of Bach, Chopin, and Snoop Dogg.


A book as special as its subject. - Booklist, starred review
A celebration of curiosity.--Design Mom
A delight for the sense... this elegant new picture book might just be that physical gift to spur on the next generation of wonderers. - Out With the Kids
A delightful book and I would use it in my classroom. - Marilyn Cook, PreK-5 teacher, NSTA National Science Teachers Association Reccomends
A delightful young readers' introduction to several of Einstein's amazing ideas-and an equally valuable celebration of the advantages of being different. -Bob Berman, science author and columnist, Astronomy Magazine
A great read about a great man. - Walking Brain Cells
A perfect introduction to the famous physicist.-Science Books and Films
A splendid introduction to a man who never stopped questioning. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An ingenious portrait of genius. - The San Francisco Chronicle
Awakens a sense of curiosity and mystery in youngsters... an invitation to children to awaken their imaginations. - Shelf Awareness for Readers
Booklist Top Ten Science Book of 2013
By celebrating Einstein's wonderful curiosity, this book will inspire young kids to find science fascinating. -Walter Isaacson, author, Einstein: His Life and Universe
Columbus Dispatch The Best of the Best of the Year
Don't miss this book. - Kid Lit Frenzy
Einstein positively glows, radiating love and intelligence.-The Washington Post
Einstein's lifelong curiosity sings through every page.-Publishers Weekly, starred review
I was wowed by this book.--Robin Smith, The Horn Book Blog
It's impossible not to be inspired, not only by Einstein himself but also by this dazzling account of his life and imagination.--BookPage
It's not easy to explain Einstein to young readers, but this terrific book pulls it off.--Bookist Top 10 Biographies for Youth
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of the Year
Makes genius Albert Einstein seem accessible. - Nerdy Book Club
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
New York Times Editor's Choice
On a Beam of Light reminds us that imagination is important, and that thinking is valuable. A great message for the little scientist in your life! - Emily, bookseller, Hooray for Books!
Remarkable. - Mamarama, Redbook's Mom Blog Council
Richly imagined, beautifully designed, impressionistic biography. - School Library Journal, starred review
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Simply voiced, with word choices and illustrations as exciting as the subject.--Herald-Sun Best Books of 2013
Something of an It Gets Better Project for mathematically precocious children.--The New York Times
Sure to captivate young readers. - ReaderKidz
This is the best way to humanize such a larger-than-life historical figure. -- North Adams Transcript
Truly amazing. - The Horn Book, starred review
Utterly charming.-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Whimsical and illuminating, this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography accomplishes a daunting task: to introduce the life and work of Albert Einstein to young readers.--Book Links, 2013 Lasting Connections

Gr 1-3-Einstein transformed dreams of traveling on a light beam into essential discoveries about the nature of light, gravity, space, and time. In the meditative illustrations, he floats on the page, a solitary thinker pondering the universe's mysteries; more personal images of his "favorite shoes," "favorite equation" (guess!), and "favorite saggy-baggy pants" help to bring him down to Earth (and closer to mortals like us). Closing notes for older readers detail Einstein's insights and later career. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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