Primary Genre(s): Children’s Biography, Nonfiction
Published: 1 April 2021 by Inspired Inner Genius
Page count: 30
My Format: eBook via NetGalley
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Albert Einstein
My rating: ★★★★☆
Today, Einstein is widely recognized as a genius and one of the greatest physicists in history, but things didn’t start off that way. Einstein was slow at speech and spoke only from the age of 3. Despite his slow start, Einstein was always curious and imaginative. It was these qualities that eventually lead to some of his craziest ideas and experiments. Some of his most famous inventions include the mass energy equivalence formula E = MC2, the theory of relativity and quantum theory.
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
Imagine the disaster if Einstein stopped inventing because of fear. Now, imagine the possibilities if everyone explored courageously just like him. Let’s realize that imagination.
I love to read books that encourage kids to stay inquisitive and follow their dreams, particularly if they are STEM-related! Here are my pros and cons for Albert Einstein:
- Nice illustrations throughout the book.
- I would have loved a book like this when I was young. I enjoyed reading about people who were pioneers in their field (Einstein, Wright Brothers, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart, etc.). I think this book provides enough information about Einstein’s life that it will encourage inquisitive children to want to learn more – either more about Einstein himself or more about his theories.
- I do love that the story encourages perseverance (although I would have liked a bit more specific focus on it – See Con 2 below). Every child needs to understand that if they want to learn something, gain a skill, achieve something, or whatever it is they desire, they will likely have to work for it… and work hard.
- There is a mini-biography included in the back of the book about Einstein along with a real photograph of him from 1944. I hope kids read the mini-bio because it provides some specific information about his life that the story only touched on briefly.
- This book is written for children ages 5 to 10 years old.
- Ultimately the focus of this book is to follow your dreams, even if others don’t understand them or someone doesn’t support them. Only YOU can achieve your goals, so you can’t let others derail you. Einstein knew that, and if kids learn that from this book, then it is a book very much worth reading.
- I wish the story had discussed his upbringing just a bit more. The synopsis for the book tells us about how Einstein didn’t speak until he was 3, but the story never mentions that.
- I would have liked a bit more emphasis on how he never gave up when he was younger. Because he was so much smarter than his peers, he was often bored in school. He needed to be challenged! Instead of just accepting a curriculum that was beneath him, he ended up teaching himself what he wanted to know. At age 12, he taught himself Algebra and Euclidean geometry over a summer, and by age 14 he had taught himself integral and differential calculus. That would have been great to include in the book! Talk about hard work and focusing on your education!
- I also wish the story would have given us, even at a very basic level, a bit of a description on what he was learning about light waves. The story mentions several times that he discovered that something was wrong about what people had previously thought about light, but that felt too vague. There were no details. Granted, this is a kid’s book, but some kind of basic explanation would have improved the story in my opinion.
I know a lot about Einstein and his life, so perhaps I was looking for a little bit more in this book that I should have been. While I do think there are some things that could be improved, overall, I think this is a good introduction to Einstein.
This is the first book in a series of books from this publisher. I am looking forward to their future books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Inspired Inner Genius for an electronic ARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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