Marie Curie

Marie Curie

by Elizabeth MacLeod, John Mantha
     
 

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Meet Marie Curie —- Nobel laureate and world famous scientist. Marie was the first woman to win the world's top science prize —- and the first person to win it twice. The story of her discoveries, including the metals polonium and radium, and her contribution to the study of radiation is told in level-appropriate language and detailed illustrations. This

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Meet Marie Curie —- Nobel laureate and world famous scientist. Marie was the first woman to win the world's top science prize —- and the first person to win it twice. The story of her discoveries, including the metals polonium and radium, and her contribution to the study of radiation is told in level-appropriate language and detailed illustrations. This Level 3 reader contains longer, more complex stories and sentences, more challenging vocabulary, language play and minimal repetition.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
A level 3 book that is part of the "Kids Can Read Alone" series, this thirty-two page biography is designed especially for the beginning reader. There are realistic, color illustrations on each page that add interest. Marie Curie is an appealing topic because she is a famous and successful scientist. The first third of the book traces Curie's life from her birth in Poland through her high school years. The middle section of the book describes her life as a governess, who saves her money to go to school in Paris, where she learns French, studies science, and meets and marries Pierre Curie, a famous scientist. It describes their joint study of uranium and their winning the Nobel Prize in 1903, and it follows Marie's career after Pierre is killed in an accident in 1906, when she takes over his professorship at the university in Paris. The final third of the book follows Marie Curie's work leading to a second Nobel prize, her use of X-ray machines on World War I battlefields, and the discovery of the dangers associated with lengthy exposure to radiation. The second Nobel prize work is slighted, and clear, accessible explanations of the nature of her studies are missing. The book does not offer a table of contents, index, glossary, or bibliography. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
Kirkus Reviews
Marie Curie's scientific research revolutionized the world of science while she defied the societal limitations of her day. Primarily focused on Curie's adulthood, this early biography depicts a brilliant and motivated visionary. Because women were not allowed to attend university in her native Poland, she was forced to study abroad. Some of Curie's hardships, including the death of her husband and research partner Pierre, are duly noted. However, other significant milestones, including the childhood death of her sibling and mother, are never described. Curie's study of radiation and its controversial implications provide a balanced account. Unfortunately, the brevity of the form cuts some basic historical details; World War I is never named, for instance. The art's consistent placement on each page serves to separate the text neatly for beginning readers. Often depicted in dusky browns and blues, a somber Curie stares intently at her audience. The lack of any documentation and the vague description of specific events cut corners a little too sharply, even for this young audience. (Early reader/biography. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554532971
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Kids Can Read Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

John Mantha is an artist and illustrator. His books include The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts and The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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