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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 7 to 14.
"Marie Curie was a great scientist. She discovered two elements that gave off invisible rays of energy. She called this sort of energy ‘radioactivity.'" This thin, appealing book sets out the most important facts of Marie Curie's life in a way that will interest elementary school readers--her birth as Marya Sklodowska in Poland in 1867; her academic success as a girl; her move to France with her sister where women could go to college, unlike Poland; the six years spent working before she could afford college; her marriage to Pierre Curie; her studies of uranium and thorium. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, and a few years later became the first person to receive a second Nobel. She died at age sixty-seven from a disease that may have been caused by radiation. Her life could inspire future scientists and other scholars, particularly girls, and this book is a fine introduction. The illustrations, although a little amateurish, are full-color and full-page and help provide context for the text. (There is also one photograph of Marie Curie.) Back matter includes an index, a time line, a glossary, some interesting facts that did not fit in elsewhere, and suggested further reading. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer