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Who Was Albert Einstein?

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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,398 ratings  ·  263 reviews
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.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
"For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope."
"I do not know how the third world war will be fought, but I do know how the fourth will: with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who Was Albert Einstein? by Jess M. Brallier is a terrific book that tells all about his personal life not only his professional life. It tells it in a way that makes this genius a normal guy that is a lovable person from a child to the end. Great job. Lots of great sketches and over 100 pages of interesting info packed in this book.
Mar 26, 2010 added it
Shelves: acton-academy
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5
105 pages. Well-written biography of a genius scientist. I learned a lot about his accomplishments but had not heard about his personal life before. I think kids will find it interesting. He made some interesting choices in life. This whole series is great for all ages. I am enjoying all of the series so far. I rated other ones a little higher maybe because I was more interested in the people so this was really good on my scale. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Albert Einstein was a very brilliant and important man of science. He lived his whole life, beginning to end, thinking and writing. He contributed to many of the most important advancements of our time. He lived a very important life.

I think that this edition of the "Who Was" series was a much needed one. The story of Albert Einstein is such a valuable one, and I'm glad it's made for the purpose of reading to children. Though I'm not the biggest fan of the artwork, it mirrors tha
Heather Shembarger
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short biography is packed full of interesting information about Albert Einstein who many consider to be one of the smartest human beings who ever lived. There were so many interesting facts given in the book that I did not realize. As a young boy, his parents often wondered if there was something wrong with him and his brain. He was a man of peace, and yet his discoveries led to the development of the atomic bomb. He was against war, and yet he asked President Roosevelt to start developing ...more
Sam T.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Who was Albert Einstein is a very short book all about Einstein. I liked the book because of all the facts it gave about him. The main ideas of the book are about Einstein's life and how he changed over the years to be one of the smartest people in the world. In his school years he got expelled! He was still one of the smartest people in the world even though he was kicked out of school. Einstein invented many things in his life. One of the coolest inventions he made was "The Einstein Refrigerat ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in one hour. 😂
This book is really nice. It didn't just talk about Einstein, it talked about Hitler and wars. I learned new stuff about wars that I didn't know.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who Was Albert Einstein is a biography. It tells you about his childhood and some inventions he made. His childhood was mostly in German and Italy. He first got noticed by disagreeing with famous scientist about the Earth rotating around the Sun, not the other way around. He got kicked out of a German school for asking to many questions. After he finished school he became a teacher in Italy at a college. When he was done with teaching he retired and sat all day thinking to himself about his whol ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is interesting and on my level and I really enjoyed it. Also fun fact Albert Einstein was kicked out of his school. And he was poor when he was smaller and almost never talked when he was young. And he was one of the smartest person of the world. And had predictions that lead to technology And he was very quiet so he had to go to the doctor to see of there was anything wrong but the doctors said nothing was wrong. It is very entertaining and I recommended it.
Melissa Goembel
This book is a biography on Albert Einstein. It goes further than that of a genius label. The book is a clear picture of who Einstein was and what his world really as like.
I love this series of books. Quick and easy and informative. I read this with Jackson, but I might start reading them on my own. :) It is surprising to realize how much I don't know about people and things.
Connie  Kuntz
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Not good at all
Just good for English class...
Bianca Arias
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sammy Holthaus
Nov 14, 2014 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
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
This is the book that my In2Books student selected to read for the biography portion of her class. It's a good read - stretches the student a bit, asks thinking questions, and includes notable quotes from Einstein. It talks about his family, his work, his schooling, his discoveries, and his life philosophies.
Vianni Richards
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Paula Torres
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think it was a really exciting book and I hope who ever buys this book will enjoy it as much as me
Joshua Jung
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Role Model! People say that he was not the best genius from scientists from world war 1 and 2.
Nov 18, 2016 added it
Who was Albert Einstein was a very descriptive book of his life. It did not leave any part out and it was very interesting. Overall if you like biographies, you will love this book.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Ashton Miller
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Who Was Albert Einstein?

Author: Jess M. Brallier

Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker, Nancy Harrison

Genre: Biography

Theme: Nonfiction, science, 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 Albert Einstein’s life in school and how his theories made him a famous scientist. It also talks about Einstein’s experiences with World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust, as well as his
Yann Bonzom
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wednesday February 4, 2015

The biography covers a lot of interesting and funny information about Albert Einstein. First of all, the book explains that Einstein never talked until he was four years old. Even though his parents went to the doctor with him in order to find out what is wrong with their son, Albert Einstein didn’t talk until four by saying that “‘The soup is too hot’” and when his parents asked him why he didn’t talk before, he said that “‘up to now, everything had been fine’” (no one
Lauren Rizzo
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-stories
Awards: None

Grade Level(s): 3rd to 6th grade.

Summary: Albert Einstein was so much more than the guy that everyone knows as being smart. This book consists of all the struggles that Einstein faced. Most people wouldn't guess that Einstein didn't talk until he was about 3 years old and was kicked out of school.

Review: I found out a lot about Albert Einstein that I never knew before. This book is great for students interested in learning about people in our past. This is a great way for students t
Carolina Torres
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Who Was Albert Einstein?" by Jess M. Brallier is such an inspiring book! I love how the author explain very nook and cranky about Albert's formula (E=mc 2) and every detail about his life overall his incredible formula! :) The book is about Albert Einstein love life and family life and how little by little created his formula. They also including the history happening during his life period. Also, the impact his formula has to us and most importantly to the scientist. Also, how to helped us exp ...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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