On a Beam of Light : A Story of Albert Einstein, Hardback Book

On a Beam of Light : A Story of Albert Einstein Hardback

4.5 out of 5 (18 ratings)


A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light.

This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived.

From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe.

Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery.

Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780811872355

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Interestingly written picture book about the biography of Albert Einstein. The story begins with a boy riding a bike down the road and wondering if he could go at a speed faster than the speed of light. This ultimately leads to Albert Einstein's development of the speed of light. There are many other scenes where the young Albert shows how he will ultimately become the most influential and famous scientist in history. It was a good book as far as learning and education but it was not a very interesting book in regards to the illustrations.

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I think this is a good children's book. I like this book for the illustrations and the message of the story. I like that the illustrations are simple pencil like drawings. Although they are simple, I think that they express the story well and show emotions of the characters. I also like the meaning of the story. Through Albert Einstein's story, the reader learns to never give up and to always keep trying because eventually it will pay off. This is a great lesson for all children to learn and aspire to live by.

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This book conveys how the imagination and creativity of Einstein must have FELT! It is a great jumping off point for learning more about Einstein!

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This was a great biography on Albert Einstein. The illustrations were very unique and almost had a child like drawing quality to them that I felt added to the book. The illustrations, even though childlike, really went along with the book and the feel of the story. The text was interesting too in that some of the more important sentences on the page were in bold, red text while the other text was just in black. I think that this made it easier for younger children to be able to get the main ideas on that page even when their was more text them they are used to. Even though this was a biography, I felt that it had a really good message for children that they should constantly question their surroundings and never stop wondering and really made it seem possible for them to be successful and reach their dreams and most importantly be themselves no matter what any one else said. The last page really sums up this book and the big ideas that it was hoping to foster. It says "Questions that someday YOU may answer... by wondering, thinking, and imagining."

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This book is so beautifully designed and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky that it is impossible not to be drawn into the story. But the author does an excellent job with the text as well. Einstein is depicted as curious, charmingly eccentric, and always deep in thought, “sometimes eating an ice-cream cone.” When Einstein was little, he imagined racing through space on a beam of light. What would happen if he did that? He began to read and study. He continued to wonder about everything even as an adult: "Albert watched a lump of sugar dissolve and disappear into his hot tea. How could this happen? He watched the smoke from his pipe swirl and disappear into the air. How could one thing disappear into another?"He thought about very big things, like the size of the universe, and very small things, like what goes on inside the tiniest particles.Some of his ideas about how things worked are presented in a simple way, but mostly there are just indications of the importance of his thinking:"Albert’s ideas helped build spaceships and satellites that travel to the moon and beyond. His thinking helped us understand our universe as no one ever had before.”Best of all, the book asserts that “Albert left us many big questions....Questions that someday YOU may answer...by wondering, thinking, and imagining.”Illustrator Radunsky is a treasure. His pen and ink images on textured paper defy space and gravity, pay homage to evolution, and show how the medium can be meta, as with his use of pointillism on the pages devoted to Einstein’s meditations on atoms, and his playful expression of perspective: it's all relative! The cleverness and whimsy of the pictures is a perfect fit for the story of Einstein. End notes include a list of additional resources. <strong>Evaluation:</strong> I have looked at the pictures over and over in this book. Chronicle Books, which specializes in works of art and design, has done an excellent job in putting together this book. It will encourage young children to see not only the possibilities of imagination, but will also give them an appreciation for the beauty and delight of artistic rendition. Highly recommended!

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