Monday, November 9, 2015
A Story of Albert Einstein
Written by Jennifer Berne
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
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.
What I found most meaningful in this delightful picture book was how the author revealed the strange childhood of the famed physicist. Ms. Berne went on to include a bit more about Einstein's personal life when she mentioned his hobbies of sailing, bicycling, and playing his violin. While his scientific achievements are included in this well-written book, it is the curiosity and imagination of Albert Einstein that I took away from it. In addition to that, the light-hearted illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky are just lovely. And, for the more serious mind, at the back of the book there is a detailed list of the iconic scientist's experiments, discoveries, and political persuasion. There is a even a book list for readers who would like to learn more about the man who lived life so wholeheartedly. I highly recommend On a Beam of Light - A Story of Albert Einstein to children of all ages!
Click here to learn more about the author, Jennifer Berne.