Rid­ing on a Beam of Light

Ram­sey Dean; Noah Ham­dan, illus.
  • Review
February 14, 2014

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 illumi­nate enough of the sci­ence behind Einstein’s work to be sat­is­fy­ing. The car­toon-style il­lustrations 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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