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Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence

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"What if superheroes didn't have supernatural powers, but were humans with incredible drive, who worked really hard to expand their knowledge? What if our superheroes were scientists?"

This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series is about Marie Curie and her remarkable power of persistence. Using a fictionalized storytelling approach, readers will learn about key
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Explore
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Briar's Reviews
Who doesn't love a book about a strong female character? Especially a girl like me who grew up needing some strong female influences!

Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence is a wonderful, little book that is a must read for children.

To begin with, there is a super, evil villain who has decided the best way to ruin the world is to stop the spread of knowledge! This monster is big, mean and scary and seems to be content with his super devious plan. In walks Marie Curie, a woman who will turn in
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debbicat *made of stardust*
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, netgalley, 2020
5 stars!!!! This is an adorably illustrated, well-written book that blends biography and juvenile fiction. Persistence is at the core of what Marie Curie trusts in. She fights some monsters and villains to get the job done and thankfully comes out a winner. So well done. Kids will love the superhero concept and will be engaged while reading. I really loved it and highly recommend it.

I am thankful to NetGalley for a digital copy to read for review. This the first in a series of this type and I ho
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Gonzalo A
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I backed this book from its crowdfunding campaign, and therefore received an advanced copy. I love it.

I love the concept of empowering children to become real-life superheroes, using role models who in fact have achieved acts of "heroism" without having to recur to make believe powers.

This books talks about the power of persistence. This is such a critical value for children to learn, and an important one for them to see play out in the life of Marie Curie. A real-life superheroe who must have
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Carolyn Leiloglou
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun way to introduce kids to an amazing scientist and encourage them to build their own perseverance! Kids will be pulled in by the super hero motif.
Alexis
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorably illustrated, well-written book that seamlessly blends biography and juvenile fiction. The parallel stories of Marie Curie beating the odds at every turn, while her monster tries to stop her, create a very kid-friendly metaphor for working hard at what you find important. The underlying message of ignorance breeding fear and making people easy to control, on behalf of the bad guys, is a message more timely than ever. Our local 3rd graders do biography projects every year and I ...more
Vivian Kirkfield
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, I always loved nonfiction...I'd even read the Encyclopedia Britannica. How awesome that kids today can have a book like Marie Curie and the Power of Persistance! I love how the author engages the child reader with this modern Super Hero slant, while staying true to what Marie Curie was all about. And the illustrations are FABULOUS...just look at the cover! A must have, especially for young girls! ...more
Jess
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot to love about this book - the focus on important women in science history, the well-crafted text, the vibrant illustrations - but what really stands out to me is the theme of persistence. I love the way the author weaves in a nemesis in the form of Opposition, and Marie must persist through all kinds of barriers and doubt. Whether you are a young person interested in a career in the sciences, the arts, or Olympic handball, persistence is a character trait you need to develop and g ...more
Angela
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My ten year old can't get enough books about women in STEM fields. This was a hit with both her and her much younger sister. The biographical material kept one interested while the monster voices and nice graphics appealed to the other. It was a bit long for the younger kiddo, but regardless, it was enjoyed. ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
This fictionalized biography of Marie Curie is fun and engaging and has an interesting structure (a frame story where a super villain is attempting to stop her from growing to be a science super hero by sending one of his minions to create obstacles in her life), that will definitely make this appealing to my students. The back matter is great and includes a glossary, timeline, and extra resources. My only one concern is that the blend of fact and fiction might make it confusing for those withou ...more
Elzbieta Wisz
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where would we be without Marie Curie? I love how this book posed the work of Marie and mixed in some "monsters" that tried to slow her down and stop her along the way. What a great way to show that persistence and hard work goes a long way! ...more
Johnell Dewitt
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite books when I was young were the Value Books, a series about remarkable men and women and their accomplishments as it related to an attribute. For example, the value for the biography on Louis Pasteur was titled: The Value of Believing in Yourself. Harriet Tubman's was The Value of Helping, and Florence Nightingale's was The Value of Compassion. The protagonists throughout the series had fictional companions, such as a bird, mouse, etc., that encouraged them along the way. These anima ...more
Becky Shillington
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the first pages of Valenti’s brilliantly conceived story, little Marie Curie conquers every obstacle in her way and refuses to let the evil Mr. Opposition keep her from reaching her goals. This persistence serves Marie well; although she lives at a time when women are not encouraged to pursue college educations, she continues to defeat the opposition and earns degrees in physics and mathematics at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After marrying scientist Pierre Curie and going on to have a st ...more
Derick Wilder
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Karla Valenti cooks up an appealing compound of fact and fiction in “Madame Curie and the Power of Persistence”. Stirring in the colorful, bold illustrations of Annalisa Beghelli results in a story that depicts an incredible scientist, highlights a strong female historical figure, and illustrates the countless roadblocks Marie Curie overcame on her journey to scientific discovery.

But while books have been written about her life, what sets this one apart, and makes it especially engaging for read
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Jami Gigot
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book about determination against opposition. The story is entertaining and fun with Mr. Evil Nemesis and his minions, but still chock full of interesting facts and details of Marie Curie's life and accomplishments. ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting amalgamation of fact and fiction in this biography of Marie Curie. I personally found the presence of super villains attempting to thwart her pursuit of knowledge in an attempt to curb the increase of knowledge enabling them to take over the world a bit off-putting. However, reading this book to students 12 and under, it would allow for great voice adaptations which increases engagement between listener and reader. Also, the theme of persistence is illustrated in a very kid-friendly ...more
Kaitlyn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Karla Valenti has created an exciting and innovative way of reading about important people in STEM. Kids and teachers are going to eat this up for its inventive analogy and entertaining storytelling. And BONUS, they'll be enjoying learning! As I was reading, I kept thinking how creative this approach to writing is. The story itself is wonderfully told and the facts included are interesting as well as presented in a fun, cool way that I just adore. And illustrator Annalisa Beghelli's creative art ...more
Jill
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"My Super Science Heroes" is a new series that puts the spotlight on significant contributors in the science field. Illustrator Annalisa Beghelli, creates a vivid world of rich colors and elaborate detail on each page of this book perfect for 8-12 year olds to read on their own (or for younger children to be read to).

Author Karla Valenti adds an element of fantasy by introducing "Nemesis" who employs minions to thwart heroes on their journeys. Mr. Opposition shows up as a fantastical bird-like c
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Suzanne
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
With a fantasy element of Super Evil Nemesis and his minions, particularly Mr. Opposition (Mr. O for short), this book tells the story of Marie Curie's life. The colorful illustrations support the story line of a young superhero as she develops her skills, in spite of obstacles in life, by using the power of persistence. Facing down challenges such as restrictions on education for women or the cost of university life in Paris, Marie overcomes each difficulty and forges ahead. Mr. O and Nemesis a ...more
KC
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super awesome girl-power Marie Curie!
Savannah
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun way to teach kids about one of the most accomplished women in science! Marie Curie broke so many barriers down so we could succeed.
Lucy Catten
• Hardcover: 48 pages
• Amazon age Range: 4 - 8 years My suggested age range: 6-10 years

I have never formally studied Marie Curie and so am ashamed to say I had no more than a very basic understanding of her achievements. This book might be aimed at kids but it helped. It is easily accessible for children and Beghelli’s illustrations are clear and engaging. The story paints Marie Curie as just a different kind of superhero from those that children are perhaps more familiar with which is bound to
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Maria Marshall
Karla Valenti decided instead to "break with literary paradigms." Instead of a traditional nonfiction biography, she created an informational fiction that explores the character traits and abilities of Marie Curie which enabled her to succeed in earning two Nobel Prizes.
I think this book will appeal to multiple audiences. Annalisa Beghelli's colorful, comic book-like art, particularly of the head villain "Super Evil Nemesis" and Mr. Opposition (Mr. O), will help some kids enjoy learning about Ma
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Beth
The conceit of this book is that Mr Nemesis, a blobby supervillian, dispatches his minion to thwart Curie since before she can do great things. But despite the drag of the colorful creature she learns to read, saves up for education, makes discoveries, and eventually wins the loyalty of the minion and Mr Nemesis is left to gnash his teeth. So the beats and illustrations of major life events have the sneaky minion lurking somewhere, which gives some extra fun to the read.

Of course, the metaphor i
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Mandy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Picture book biography. Illustrated, thorough biography of Marie Curie that goes from her birth through multiple levels of schooling to meeting her husband and her science work as an adult. I loved the way this information was presented, I have a better understanding of radioactivity as an adult now. The amount of backmatter included was impressive--4 page glossary, detailed timeline, summary of the impacts of her discoveries, and a web resource list. Though I appreciated the emphasis on persist ...more
Abby Johnson
Hmmmm. Maybe better for students who already know about Marie Curie, this picture book blends fact and fiction, posing that evil supervillains are trying to take over the world by disrupting science superheroes like Marie Curie. Try as they might to prevent her from her scientific accomplishments, Curie persists and becomes the science superhero she was destined to be. It's a cute concept and I think it has the potential to really appeal to kids, but I'd make sure to pair it with an actual biogr ...more
Anne Y
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A clever and unusual take on the picture book biography. Valenti has woven the facts of Curie's life into the much larger picture of what the scientist epitomises, and created an inspirational story. Readers will enjoy discovering the way Beghelli's bold pictures add a parallel consideration to the text.
That I got goosebumps on my second reading, days after the first, attests to its re-readability. A standout book.
I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
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Raven Black
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This biography has pieces of information I was unaware of about Curie. It is a good introduction to her. And even if you think you know, you might pick up things as well. The only part I did not like was the fantastical element of "fantasy beasts" that want to stop Curie (and in turn the knowledge she gains and gives to the world) by tossing in obstacles and other hardships. However, it will be the perfect addition to stop the flow of traditionally biographical information in a story format. ...more
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Maria Curie's story ws manufactured into a fantasy where supposed minions were trying to thwart her superpower/success/intelligence. ...more
Sunny Kim
I learned that she got two noble awards.
Bon Kim
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was fun. I learned about how Marie Curie persisted and got an education.
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