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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Chronicle Books (first published April 1st 2013)
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Emily K. I think this book would be great for a 7 year old. It doesn't get too deep into explaining science, it focuses on Einstein's life as a person curious…moreI think this book would be great for a 7 year old. It doesn't get too deep into explaining science, it focuses on Einstein's life as a person curious about "the hidden mysteries in the world" and shows Einstein asking questions and working to find out answers. Plus the art is awesome! Hope this helps :) (less)

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Richie Partington
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Richie's Picks: ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky, Chronicle, April 2013, 56p., ISBN: 978-0-8118-7235-5

"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
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein

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
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

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.
Ying Lee
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Genre: Biography
Copyright: 2013

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,
Filled with gouache and pen and ink illustrations and text that somehow bring to mind Albert Einstein, this picture book biography manages to make the famous physicist accessible to a young audience. The book briefly covers his formative years during which he quietly observed the world and his curiosity abouut its mysteries ("hidden and silent, unknown and unseen" (unpaged). That curiosity never faded, and he went on to become fascinated with light, sound, and numbers. That curiosity will lead ...more
Jane Scholey
This is a wonderful picture book about the life and thinking of Albert Einstein. Great example of narrative non-fiction and how it can work. Great way to introduce and discuss the ideas of this genius. Thanks to Rebekah for the recommendation.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A really good book to introduce Einstein to children. The illustrations are lovely too.
I seem to be having different opinions from most lately. Well, it just happened again. People have been singing their praises over this book. I don't know if it is the last page that gets them so excited with the author addressing the kid reader pointing out the kid might be the one to solve some of the questions Einstein left posterity or what. While I don't really have much that is negative about this book, I don't see a lot that is positive either. I like the analogy of a beam of light. But I ...more
A fabulous look at the quirky life of Albert Einstein and the importance he placed on questioning and creativity as a means to finding answers to unanswerable questions. The whimsical illustrations paired with the varied text add to the fun this book has with itself. Love the blocky red text that can almost be read as a stand-alone to highlight the more important ideas throughout the story. Definitely a book worth sharing with students!
Edward Sullivan
Reading this book reminded me of an early Apple computer poster campaign that featured pictures of famous people like Gandhi and John Lennon with the simple caption, "Think Different." Einstein was also featured on a poster. In this delightful picture book biography, Berne's text and Radunsky's illustrations perfectly capture Einstein's intense fascination with and curiosity about world, and his humor and passion for life.
Jillian Heise
I absolutely love this book! Thinking I'll use it as a beginning of the school year read aloud to encourage students to always wonder, think, imagine, and be curious.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was just too cute! I absolutely loved it <3
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A lovely retelling of Einstein's life starting from when he was born to when he was the old scientist with the crazy hair that we all recognise today. Putting his story into picture book format is a really great way to help children to access his discoveries and the contributions he made to science that would otherwise be quite complex for them to get their heads around. The illustrations are sweet and the book ends with information that then allow for further research and investigations that ...more
Great introduction for young readers to Albert Einstein. I like that it not only talks about his time as a scientist as an adult, but how he always thought and wondered as a child. The illustrations were great and really captured him. Read for Info Books for Youth for Grad School.
Charlotte Jones
Every so often, I read picture books on Scribd to see if I would one day like to buy them in physical format for my son. This one has been on my radar for a few years now, particularly because of my interest in physics and, more recently, in non-fiction for all age groups.

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
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
“Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

“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
Maria Tzoutzopoulou
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"He asked questions never asked before. Found answers never found before. And dreamed up ideas never dreamt before."

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.
Well done!

Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A Fabulous book to foster children's interest in science. The true story of Albert Einstein.

Read immediately in your local library's Junior NON-FIC section.


Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice introduction to Albert Einstein and the significance of being curious and searching for understanding.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, z-2016, scribd
The drawings in this book are so cute. Loved how the author wrote about Einsteins life. A really good book for children :)
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must-have for all Einstein fans with children in their lives. A good reminder to us all that some of our greatest minds had unusual beginnings and were far from being "traditional" learners.
Benji Martin
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of nonfiction out loud to my students, but I might give this one a try next week.
Leslie Mathers
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
"On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein" by Jennifer Berne is an inspiring biography of Albert Einstein's life and accomplishments. This book is uniquely written with a focus on how Einstein thrived on asking and answering questions through each stage of his life. These questions prompted his intense study and experimentation in math and science, ultimately making him one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.

What I love about this book is that it draws attention to
Nancy Kotkin
A picture book biography of Albert Einstein, who is a rather complex subject for a children's biography. Focuses more on his scientific curiosity and creative questioning of how the world works, since his formulas and theories are so difficult for the average person to understand, let alone a child. The last two pages contain back matter that explains more about Einstein as a person, including his feelings toward the atom bomb, which his work led directly to developing. There's also a short list ...more
Lovely book to introduce to children the wonders of discovery and knowledge.
Einstein was first considered different and inadequate, but with time people realized his genius and his amazing contribution to science and humankind.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring story of a boy who refused to be like all the other students and made lasting contributions because of his curiosity and wonder. Using it in a sermon for my students' end of school, encouraging them to let their own lights shine .Illustrations are whimsical and fun.
Maxwell Rae
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story, albeit a lot of words!
Ashley Henning
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
On a Beam of Light was an interesting book about Albert Einstein. I would say this book is very informative of Albert's life starting at his childhood and how he became the genis the world remembers him as today. This book would fit very well in a classroom if the class was learning about inventing, and or inventors that have shaped the way in which we live today.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, cln
I read this book for the Children's Literature Network possible Caldecott award winning discussion and so, it is through the lense of illustrations that I write this review. I am an absolute fan of the simple, yet expressive illustrations of this book. I love that the illustrations are drawn for the intended audience of the book. The pictures of Einstein's mom and dad at the beginning of the book are an excellent example. They are not drawn the same in every picture. When Albert is two, his mom ...more
Christina Starks
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Children need to be inspired to ask questions about the world that they are a part of. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky created the biography story “On a Beam of Light” based on the life of Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was a genius who questioned the aspects of the world. This book truly brought tears to my eyes while reading it. The powerful illustrations of sketches bring the words to life. During the read, there are red highlighted words for emphasis on the thoughts in Einstein’s ...more
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