MODULE 12: BIOGRAPHY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY
ODD BOY OUT: YOUNG ALBERT EINSTEIN
Summary: When Albert Einstein was born, he was an unattractive baby with a very large heard. As he grew he never seemed to fit in with his family or schoolmates. However, that very large head of his was always busy looking for answers. Despite being mocked routinely at school, Einstein was extremely clearly very gifted in certain areas despite his disinterest. The illustrations are portrayed in a simple color palette and instill a sense of isolation that Einstein himself must have felt. Einstein was always a little different but whatever was odd about him helped to view the world as no one else did.
Citation: Brown, D. (2004). Odd boy out: Young Albert Einstein. Orlando, FL:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Impression: I found this book to be a little stark, both in illustrations and details. Of course, it is a picture book biography but seems to be too complicated for the youngest readers and slightly simple for older readers. The detailed note from the author will explain more details and there is an extensive bibliography. I did like the fact that this story showed Einstein as a child and through his school years. It ties up neatly with the image of Einstein pushing his own child in a carriage.
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Uses: Using this book and other picture book biographies of scientist could be the basis of a library event about inventions and scientists. The program could have simple science experiments such as static electricity and starch viscosity. Other scientists that are featured could be Marie Curie and Thomas Edison.