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Who Was Albert Einstein? (Who Was/Is...?)

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Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here's the story of Albert Einstein's life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
ebook, 112 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Feb 15, 2010 Natalia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in2books
Another book read for In2Books

Actually, not a bad biography of Einstein. Covers all the important life milestones, paints a well-rounded picture of Einstein without ignoring the fact that he was a crappy father and husband.

So why am I giving it only one star? There is a *glaring* science error in this book. Really egregious. right on pg 43, the author says, "Before Einstein, scientists thought that the sun was always in the same place, with the earth and other planets orbiting around it. .... Al
Connie  Kuntz
I have to say I recommend reading this book because it is written in a way that will make young and old readers never forget the following:

Einstein was born in Berlin, Germany, but died in America (Princeton, New Jersey) as an American citizen.
He was Jewish.

He liked Switzerland. He thought the people were kind.

He was a pacifist, know...the bomb thing.

80,000 people died in the Hiroshima bombing.

E=MC2 (Energy = Mass x the Speed of Light, Squared)

He hated the Nazis.

He was popular in Ameri
Bianca Arias
Dec 04, 2014 Bianca Arias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When children are younger sometimes they aren’t always exposed to historical figures. It is important however for young kids to learn about people who have impacted history and what they have accomplished. A great way for this to occur is to have children read biographies. There are authors who have written books about famous people and what they have done. In the biography “Who was Albert Einstein” by Jess Brailer, Albert Einstein’s life is explored. There are funny and interesting facts and we ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Mamani3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Albert Einstein wanted to learn more about the world at a very young age, but no one ever told him the answers he expected. Albert asked many questions as a kid, and he was very curious about the world. Many people never knew the answers to his questions, so he had to teach himself. He started high school at the age of ten because Elementary was too easy for him. Albert wanted to learn at a higher level so he could answer his own questions, which is why he then came up with many theories throug ...more
Each student had a copy of this book. We read a chapter each week and then met in small groups to discuss it before coming together as a whole class to share our thoughts.

Here is a review that the class wrote together. We first made a mind map of our ideas and then put them together:

Albert Einstein was a hero who was guided by his strong character. Albert Einstein was a great thinker, but without patience he would not have been able to come up with all his equations and theories that helped the
Vianni Richards
Mar 07, 2016 Vianni Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who was Albert Einstein? was an outstanding book about, well, Albert Einstein. It showed how he flunked out of school but was still able to make predictions and assumptions about Earth, and how other things affect the world. If you like books about scientists and cool history, this is the book for you.
Sammy Holthaus
Nov 19, 2014 Sammy Holthaus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about one of the smartest man on the face of the earth. For how smart and perfect people thought Albert was ,he really wasn't. One time he used money for a bookmark and then lost the book. For a person who was poor he didn't act like it. Besides his wacky hair, and torn up clothes. Another odd thing about Albert was that he divorced his non-relative wife, Mileva to later fall in love with and marry, his cousin Elsa. I mean now a days that just sounds weird but I guess it wasn't ...more
Paula Torres
Oct 15, 2015 Paula Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Albert Einstein was a peace-loving person who hated war? Yet his work led to the creation of the most destructive bomb ever, is one of the many facts this wonderful biography has. I just loved this book even though the lexile is low.
Joshua Jung
Oct 12, 2016 Joshua Jung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Role Model! People say that he was not the best genius from scientists from world war 1 and 2.
Jul 21, 2014 Mariyahcarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was a really exciting book and I hope who ever buys this book will enjoy it as much as me
Oct 07, 2016 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wjhs, non-fiction, science
I enjoyed this book because it told me a lot of things about Einstein that I didn't know before I read it. When Albert was a baby, he didn't talk until he was two or three years old. The doctor told his parents that there was nothing wrong with him, but they still worried about him. At one of Albert's schools, he would get in trouble for asking too many questions, and got expelled from a school. He would take long walks by himself, which gave him time to think about everything. He met a woman, m ...more
Cody Gould
Sep 30, 2016 Cody Gould rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book (who was albert Einstein) by (jess Braillier ) started of about him asking questions. His dad owned a battery store and albert would ask him about electricity . Albert is happy with his one sister and goes on nature hikes witch he lived. The business moved and so did albert. The family did not have much money anymore. He went to high school and him being thinking all the time he asked questions the teachers did not like to be asked questions unlike his elementary school. He started to m ...more
Kylie Narehood
Apr 19, 2016 Kylie Narehood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Who was Albert Einstein?
Author: Jess Brallier
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker & Nancy Harrison
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): Science
Opening line/sentence: “For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope.”
Brief Book Summary: This book goes through the life of Albert Einstein, tell how he lived his life. As the reader reads the book the student will learn how Albert Einstein loved science and how he lived his life.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Ginny Hoskins(
Mackenzie Zoerb
Mar 30, 2016 Mackenzie Zoerb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most recent book that I have read was called Who Was Albert Einstein. Who Was Albert Einstein was written by Jess Brallier. The genre of this book is nonfiction because it tells a true story about a certain persons life and everything in the book is all facts about him. The setting of this book takes place in Germany, America, Princeton, Bern, and Munich. the main characters of this book are Albert Einstein of course, Elsa (wife), Edward Einstein (son) and Mileva (prior spouse). Who Was Albe ...more
Denim Morriosn
I think this book was a good book because it teaches you about science and how to achieve of being a scientist. One way you can be a scientist is you have to think a lot, you have to think about formula's and pictures. Although Albert Einstein had a lot of problems such as moving a lot because of war the Nazis wanted to capture all scientist and kill them, Albert was lucky to not get capture. As a kid Albert's father and friends helped increase his mind of scientific statement's like a compass h ...more
Amanda Kolb
Title: Who Was Albert Einstein
Author: Jess Brallier
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker, Nancy Harrison
Genre: Biography (grades 3-5)
Theme(s): life history
Opening line/sentence: Did you know that Albert Einstein was a very poor student who got kicked out of school?
Brief Book Summary: This book talks about the life of Albert Einstein. It talks about scientific discoveries he made, places he lived, and his influence on the scientific world. It also mentions how he donated his brain to science when he
Jul 01, 2015 Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. From an early age he was different from other children, he was very shy and his parents were concerned that he didn't talk until he was about 3 years old. “Albert enjoyed thinking about a world beyond the one that could be seen or explained. As he later said, 'imagination is more important than knowledge.'” p 6. Math and science were his favorite subjects, but Albert thought about things differently than his teachers and other students. He didn't fit ...more
Masao Koda
Jun 02, 2015 Masao Koda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Penguin No Level
2. 05/01=80min, 05/02=30min
3. Albert Einstein, Jewish, peace, weapon, violin, eclipse, loneliness
4.(a) Albert enjoyed thinking about a world beyond the one that could be seen or explained. As he later said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
(b) I love this passage because I also think no matter how I deepen my knowledge, my life won't be wealthy without imagination. Thanks to imagination, I can find out what
Latoya Sharaine
This child-like biography was intended for children ages 7-12 years old. The book tells Albert Einstein’s story, starting from when he was just a little boy. The story leads up to his theory of relativity, leaving out the scientific terms, making it easier for children to understand. I gave this book five stars because this is a good way for children to learn about people that played a key role in shaping the world as we know it now. Although they did not learn the specifics of his theories, it ...more
Abby Zwetzig
May 07, 2015 Abby Zwetzig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed this book because the author knew so much on Albert Einstein and it helps inform the students on his life and inventions. This book talks about the funny things about Albert Einstein, for example, he hates socks and loves ice cream. Jess M.. Brallier explains the unique qualities of Albert Einstein. Kids will love this book because it reminds them that they can do anything if they put their mind to it.

Purpose(s)/Use in the Classroom: I wo
Hamza Essoulami
Apr 29, 2015 Hamza Essoulami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book who was Albert Einstein written by Jess M. Brallier was a very interesting book about Albert Einstein life. Albert Einstein was born on 14,1979 in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire. He was known as a theoretical physicist and philosopher of science that has achieved many throughout his life. Albert Einstein was one of the most popular Scientists back in his days and is still up to today. Due to his knowledge and braveness he has shown that nothing was impossible. All his achiev ...more
Karla Hutchinson
Feb 08, 2015 Karla Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-literature
As a pre-service teacher I truly enjoyed the humorous tone and the accessible language in this biography of Albert Einstein. Too often the genre of biographies and autobiographies are overlooked by students because they can be dry and extensive reads. This is the first book in the "Who was" series that I have read, but I loved it and intend to stock my classroom library with them as non-fiction reads for my students' enjoyment and also as resources for discussing major historical figures.

The ap
Zoe Lampman
Dec 17, 2014 Zoe Lampman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who Was Albert Einstein? by Jess Brallier, is simple biography of Albert Einstein. It begins with his childhood in Germany, where students will read that he did not speak until he was 3 years old. Nothing about his childhood indicated that he would do anything extraordinary in his life. In fact, he had few friends and actually got expelled from school! Luckily he developed a strong interest in math and science and with some hard work was able to keep studying and eventually went to college. Eins ...more
Jason R.
Who Was Albert Einstein by Jess M. Brallier is a biography of Albert Einstein for children written with humor so that children can have a better understanding of Albert Einstein. This book tells the basic story of Einstein and also gives less known facts about him.
I gave this book 3 out of 4 stars because overall it is and interesting and funny book does not really explain much about what Einstein accomplished. The book uses the story of Einstein to show that the average person has the ability
Oct 27, 2014 Ivan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Did you know that Albert Einstein attended high school at the age of ten and he didn't like to wear socks!
In this biography of Albert Einstein, i learned just how smart he was.Albert accomplished many great things in his life time. First , he came up with the theory of relativity in which he stated the light is constant.Second, in 1922 Albert won the NOBEL PRIZE for physics.Third,he Figured out that a very difficult concept could be explained in a in a very simple way.He learne
Mackenzie Peter
Feb 08, 2015 Mackenzie Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-lit
Genre- Biography
This biography of Albert Einstein is great for grades 3 and up. This book would be great to use in school for studying Albert Einstein's life or teaching about biography books. A few fun activities would include creating a comic timeline of the major events in Einstein's life, create an experiment to test his theory of relativity, and create an invention or idea and present it to the class trying to sell it or reason your idea.

I adored this book and love the Who Was...? series. M
Audrie Estrada
Personal Reaction:
I feel similarly about this one as I did the Sacagawea book! They are very similar in that they provide very good information on Albert Einstein while making it interesting at the same time. There are also pictures through out the book that keep your eyes wanting more. Its and easy read but still effectively gives good historical background.

Purpose/Use in the classroom:
-This would be a great read aloud if you were doing a science lesson on Albert Einstein and you wanted to do
I thought this book was interesting, and i enjoyed it. I enjoyed it because it teaches me about a well known figure, most of which i didn't know about him. Also, I really admire Albert Einstein so this was a pretty good read. In the story Albert Einstein was born in Germany. He didn't do well in school because he thought differently the teachers didn't think he was smart. He then was kicked out of school, and later moved to a different country. There he found his first wife, where most of his b ...more
Rhiannon Theis
Did you know that Albert Einstein didn't talk until he was four? I sure didn't, but that's one of the many facts written about him within theese pages. I don't really care for non-fiction books, mainly because I like reading things that could be true, but aren't, but this book wasn't that bad. This book was..interesting. It just about talked about everything that happened to Albert in his life, from the first words he said, to when he died. Albert Einstein was a genius, I mean he started high sc ...more
Hannah Evilsizor
I really enjoy this book. I think that often time we associate chapter books bibliographies as being boring or to long. However this one is perfect for younger students. It contains pictures to help the students follow along and the words are spread out. This book is also part of a series of books about famous contributors. I would probably read this book allow for kindergarten or first grade. But second graders could read this on their own or for a reading group activity. I think that is impor ...more
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Jess M. Brallier (born May 31, 1953) is a publisher, author, and web publisher. Brallier has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Lawyers and Other Reptiles. He is currently Publisher and General Manager of Family Education Network (a part of Pearson), an online publisher for: parents, teachers, and reference readers.

In 1992, Brallier founded the children’s publishing imprint, Planet Dexter
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“If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keeping your mouth shut.” —Albert Einstein” 0 likes
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