Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein

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Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
A 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
Gr 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575050676
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Trailblazers Biographies Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 314,827
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein

    Stephanie Sammartino McPherson¿s Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein is an excellent book to read about Albert Einstein. It tells the story of Einstein¿s life from early childhood to his death. The book is very easy to read and understand. McPherson¿s does a very good job of simplifying Einstein¿s complex theories so everyone can understand it. McPherson tells the complete story of Einstein¿s life: how he struggled with his teachers early on, how he came to love science, how he came up with his theories, how he helped build the world¿s first atomic bomb, and how he strove for world peace. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Einstein¿s life and his work.

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