The book opens with a quote by Albert Einstein about being German, Swiss, a citizen of the world, and a Jew. The accompanying illustration has him imagining himself in each role as he works on scientific formulas. As a child, Albert Einstein was quiet and awkward. Being a Jew in Germany at the turn of the last century exacerbated his awkward personality and school problems. He had trouble making friends and problems with learning in the classroom. As Albert grew up, his uncle Jacob and tutor Max Talmud taught him to use his mind in ways he didn’t learn in school, leading him to become an expert in math and science. Einstein’s ideas helped change the way scientists thought of the world around us and helped change the course of history in the atomic age. Sullivan mentions Einstein’s tremendous accomplishments and scientific theories alongside his disappointment in having contributed to the making of the atomic bomb. He chose not to become the president of Israel in favor of spending the end of his life promoting peace. The information is well researched and presented. The illustrations are engaging caricatures of Einstein, his parents, Newton, and others. Each page is accompanied by one or more illustrations, making this historical book with heavy scientific concepts an inviting read.
Recommended for ages 9 – 15.