Children's Literature - Judy ChernakA fascinating close-up of the original absentminded professor, this book is a heartwarming account of someone to whom ideas were the most important things, and everything else was on the fringes. Einstein's well-known difficulties in school, shyness, inability to concentrate on anything which didn't interest him, and careless personal grooming are set in their proper place as eccentricities of a true genius whose mind was ceaselessly searching for more esoteric answers. The author takes special care with the often-ignored difficulties caused by the scientist's Jewish ancestry during the Nazi era and traces with great sensitivity the emergence of his pride in his people and the State of Israel. A wonderful biography for anyone, especially those interested in science.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-The underlying theme of this clearly written biography is the subject's humanism. Otherwise, the book is similar to both Joyce Goldenstern's Albert Einstein (Enslow, 1995) and Milton Dank's Albert Einstein (Watts, 1983; o.p.). Many of the black-and-white photographs in McPherson's book appear in other titles, but some of the family pictures are not usually seen elsewhere. A worthwhile purchase-even for libraries owning Goldenstein's and Dank's volumes-because of its humanistic approach.-Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA
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