Riding on a Beam of Light

Ramsey Dean, Inc.  2013


As the author writes in the back matter, Einstein wrote, “Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.” In this picture book, a young Albert Einstein is tucked into bed and allows his imagination to inspire him as to what will eventually become his world-changing theory of relativity. The story is told in awkward, not-quite-scanning verse, and although the idea behind the book—bringing Einstein’s thought process to life—is a good one, the story does not illumi¬≠nate enough of the science behind Einstein’s work to be satisfying. The cartoon-style il¬≠lustrations may appeal to young children. Note that there is no reference to Einstein’s Jewish affiliation. Recommended for ages 4-8.

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