Albie's First Word (Hardcover)

A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein's Childhood

By Jacqueline Tourville, Wynne Evans (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780307978936, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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Here's a beautiful historical fiction picture book--perfect for the Common Core--that provides a rare glimpse into the early childhood of Albert Einstein, the world's most famous physicist.

Three-year-old Albie has never said a single word. When his worried mother and father consult a doctor, he advises them to expose little Albie to new things: a trip to the orchestra, an astronomy lecture, a toy boat race in the park. But though Albie dances with excitement at each new experience, he remains silent. Finally, the thoughtful, quiet child witnesses something so incredible, he utters his very first word: "Why?"

Kids, parents, and teachers will be delighted and reassured by this joyous story of a child who develops a bit differently than others.

"More than a distinctive introduction to Albert Einstein, this book promotes both understanding of difference and scientific curiosity." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred.

About the Author

Jacqueline Tourville's first word, according to her mother, was "ball," followed closely by "book." She has authored several books for adults, and she writes about child health and development for various publications and websites. This is her first picture book. Originally from Plattsburgh, New York, Jacqueline lives in coastal Maine with her physics-loving husband and two young daughters, one of whom was a late talker. Learn more at Wynne Evans's first word, said on a lakeside camping trip, was "fish." This is his picture book debut. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.