On a Beam of Light (Hardcover)

A Story of Albert Einstein

By Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9780811872355, 56pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/15/2016)

List Price: 17.99*
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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.

About the Author

Jennifer Berne is the author of the acclaimed Manfish, about Jacques Cousteau, and spends her time writing children's books about the subjects she loves most—our amazing universe and the people who are passionate about it. She lives in Copake, New York.

Vladimir Radunsky, when not creating award-winning children's books, refills his soul with the sounds of Bach, Chopin, and Snoop Dogg. He lives in Rome, Italy.

Praise For On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

"Sure to captivate young readers." - ReaderKidz

"Something of an It Gets Better Project for mathematically precocious children."--The New York Times

"Simply voiced, with word choices and illustrations as exciting as the subject."--Herald-Sun Best Books of 2013

"Richly imagined, beautifully designed, impressionistic biography." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Remarkable." - Mamarama, Redbook's Mom Blog Council

"On a Beam of Light reminds us that imagination is important, and that thinking is valuable. A great message for the little scientist in your life!" - Emily, bookseller, Hooray for Books!

"Makes genius Albert Einstein seem accessible." - Nerdy Book Club

"This is the best way to humanize such a larger-than-life historical figure." -- North Adams Transcript

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

New York Times Editor's Choice

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of the Year

Columbus Dispatch The Best of the Best of the Year

Booklist Top Ten Science Book of 2013

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Whimsical and illuminating, this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography accomplishes a daunting task: to introduce the life and work of Albert Einstein to young readers."--Book Links, 2013 Lasting Connections

"Utterly charming."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Truly amazing." - The Horn Book, starred review

"A book as special as its subject." - Booklist, starred review

"A great read about a great man." - Walking Brain Cells

"A delightful young readers' introduction to several of Einstein's amazing ideas-and an equally valuable celebration of the advantages of being different." -Bob Berman, science author and columnist, Astronomy Magazine

"A delightful book and I would use it in my classroom." - Marilyn Cook, PreK-5 teacher, NSTA National Science Teachers Association Reccomends

"A delight for the sense... this elegant new picture book might just be that physical gift to spur on the next generation of wonderers." - Out With the Kids

"A celebration of curiosity."--Design Mom

"An ingenious portrait of genius." - The San Francisco Chronicle

"It's not easy to explain Einstein to young readers, but this terrific book pulls it off."--Bookist Top 10 Biographies for Youth

"A splendid introduction to a man who never stopped questioning." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A perfect introduction to the famous physicist."-Science Books and Films

"It's impossible not to be inspired, not only by Einstein himself but also by this dazzling account of his life and imagination."--BookPage

"I was wowed by this book."--Robin Smith, The Horn Book Blog

"Einstein's lifelong curiosity sings through every page."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Einstein positively glows, radiating love and intelligence."-The Washington Post

"Don't miss this book. " - Kid Lit Frenzy

"By celebrating Einstein's wonderful curiosity, this book will inspire young kids to find science fascinating." -Walter Isaacson, author, Einstein: His Life and Universe

"Awakens a sense of curiosity and mystery in youngsters... an invitation to children to awaken their imaginations." - Shelf Awareness for Readers