On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
"When I was young it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily
oh joyfully, oh playfully watching me.
But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, oh responsible, practical"
-- Roger Hodgson, "The Logical Song"
"Albert started ...more
This was a kindle deal of the day and I've seen it on some finalist lists for end of the year Mock Newbery clubs. That wouldn't be enough to make me jump on it, but seriously: Albert Einstein. I could not pass this up because for the last few years we have told Ellie all about him when she had a hard time paying attention and not fitting into public schools. That the smartest man known in ...more
The life of Albert Einstein is abnormal. He began to speak later than most children; he wondered about things that were different from his peers; his imagination usually send him to a wild world. In other people's eyes, he was a weirdo! Yet, this weirdo became a genius one day when others finally realize how knowledgeable this man was. As a matter of fact, Albert Einstein was never a weirdo. He was a man who loved observing, thinking, wondering, figuring, imagining ...more
Loved this book about scientific discovery!
The illustrations are dreamy in this ode to Albert Einstein. LOVED. And the text does a dazzling job of conveying how Einstein's wide-eyed curiosity was responsible for his discoveries. Most amazing was his ability to visualize experiments in his mind. He was playful, a pacifist, loved children, and had a brilliant mind.
Albert wasn’t like other children. He didn’t speak; he thought. He didn’t play with others; he was fascinated with everything around him. But it is all of this curiosity that led to his revolutionary ideas.
I love how this book focuses on how Albert’s creativity is one of the keys to what made him the amazing scientist that he is. Also, as a teacher of struggling and gifted students, I love the focus on how he didn’t do well in school. It sh ...more
Surprisingly, I went into this knowing very little about Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, I didn't finish the book with any more knowledge to be honest. This is more a story of inspiration than, as the subtitle states, 'A Story ...more
This is a wonderful, must-read book for children. It is a well-written story about Albert Einstein, based on a significant research the author did to create this book. I also loved the illustrations.
Jennifer Berne's prose is clear, engaging, personal, and poetic. Even the most complex ideas are presented in simple, easy to understand langu ...more
“On a Beam of Light” is a picture book biography on Albert Einstein. I have read quite a few picture book biographies on Einstein but this is the first and only book that has truly felt engaging and accessible for a younger audience.
How do you explain to young kids about how the mind of a genius physicist works? How do you communicate how a simple beam of light opened a world of wonders for young Einstein? And how do you express the e ...more
Yet that's what Jennifer Berne and illustrator Vladmir Radunsky attempt to do in their history of the life and times if Albert Einstein.
The story is as simplified as you might expect, there's plenty about how goofy and inventive Einstein could be, and v ...more
What I love about this book is that it draws attention to cer ...more
This is a clever picture book about a very well known historical figure, Albert Einstein. It uses eye-catching illustrations that would appeal to children, while also providing doodles that resemble what Einstein might have made for his famous theories. It explains biographical details and information from Einstein's life and also shares the importance of curiosity, questioning, and exploration. This book is a fun and inspiring way for children to learn about Einstein's contribut ...more