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Marie Curie for Kids

Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series #65)

Amy M. O'Quinn


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An Outstanding Science Trade Book 2017

Marie Curie, nicknamed “Manya” by her family, reveled in reading, learning, and exploring nature as a girl growing up in her native Poland. She went on to become one of the world's most famous scientists. Curie’s revolutionary discoveries over several decades created the field of atomic physics, and Curie herself coined the word radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person ever to win in two different fields—chemistry and physics.

Marie Curie for Kids introduces this legendary figure in all her complexity. Kids learn how Curie worked alongside her husband and scientific partner, Pierre, while also teaching and raising two daughters; how this intense scientist sometimes became so involved with her research that she forgot to eat or sleep; and how she struggled with health issues, refused to patent her discoveries (which would have made her very wealthy), and made valuable contributions during World War I.

Packed with historic photos, informative sidebars, a resource section, and 21 hands-on activities and experiments that illuminate Curie’s life and work, Marie Curie for Kids is an indispensable resource for budding scientific explorers. Kids can: examine real World War I X-rays; make a model of the element carbon; make traditional Polish pierogies; and much more. 

Praise For Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series #65)

“An accessibly written, engaging introduction to a remarkable giant of science.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Highly Recommended." —School Library Connection

“An accessible science biography with ties to curricula and library use.” —School Library Journal

“Included are 21 activities and experiments, which underscore concepts in the text and give this cross-curricular appeal outside its use as a biography. Another useful installment in the publisher’s reliable For Kids series.” —Booklist Online Exclusive

Chicago Review Press, 9781613733202, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

About the Author

Amy M. O’Quinn is a former teacher and a freelance writer who has contributed to many educational publications, including Jack and JillLearning Through History, Guideposts for KidsHighlights for ChildrenThe Old Schoolhouse MagazineHomeschooling Today, and others. She lives in southern Georgia.