On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein

The new picture book On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunksy, is the absolutely delightful story of this intriguing man.

The Story

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 profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

This is just the kind of children's book that Albert Einstein deserves. The book gives you a good picture of Einstein’s personality as a boy and man, primarily his curious nature, and his striking eagerness to learn all about the world around him. The beautiful illustrations focus on his relationships, with people and thoughts. Kids will enjoy the fact that he was a child just like them... he didn't talk until he was three (his parents still loved him even though he was different - no matter what). He was thought to be disruptive in school.

The book closes with notes about Einstein’s thought experiments, his playfulness and sense of humor, his pacifism, the atomic bomb, his most famous equation, and recommended reading should your kid be ready for more.

It's a fun way to learn some interesting history on Albert Einstein and be entertained at the same time. Parents and kids alike will enjoy reading the book together.

Find On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne at Chapters, Amazon, or your local independent bookseller. The book is available on April 23, 2013.

“Albert started asking questions. Questions at home. Questions at school. So many questions that some of his teachers told him he was a disruption to his class. They said he would never amount to anything unless he learned to behave like all the other students. But Albert didn’t want to be like the other students. He wanted to discover the hidden mysteries in the world.”

“Albert began to read and study. He read about light and sound. About heat and magnetism. And about gravity, the invisible force that pulls us down toward our planet, and keeps the moon from floating away into outer space.”

“Everywhere Albert went he would think and think. One of Albert’s favorite thinking places was his little sailboat. He loved to let his mind wander
as the wind blew him across the water.”

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