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Children's LiteratureWell researched, attractively presented and easily read would be how to describe this work on perhaps the most famous woman scientist of all time. Marie Curie is presented as a real, practical, normal woman in nineteenth-century Europe. Unfortunately, for many in that era, situations occur that disrupted home life and Curie was no exception. By the age of 8, she had lost her mother and oldest sister to illness, and her father had suffered financial losses. In spite of these setbacks, Curie excelled in her educational pursuits, even attending the prestigious Sorbonne and becoming the first woman to earn a degree in physics from that institution. Hers truly is a life that encourages women, or anyone else. She overcame financial hardships, personal tragedies and misunderstandings to succeed on an international level leaving a great legacy that impacted the future of science. Throughout her accomplishments and achievements the consistent message is one of patience, persistence, hope and never giving up. This work is creatively formatted with text on one page, photographs and illustrations on the facing page—providing visual as well as textual information. Following the text is a comprehensive timeline of Curie's life and information about visiting museums relevant to her work. This is an excellent example of a biography as well as a scientific text. 2004, Kids Can Press, and Ages 9 to 12.