Who Was Albert Einstein?

Who Was Albert Einstein?


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Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here's the story of Albert Einstein's life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756915865
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages: 12
Sales rank: 460,413
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jess Brallier is the publisher of Planet Dexter and the author of more than 20 books. He lives in Reading, MA.

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Who Was Albert Einstein?

Who Was Albert Einstein?

Who Was Albert Einstein?

“For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope.”

—Albert Einstein

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a very poor student who got kicked out of school? Well, he was. Yet he was one of the most brilliant people that the world has ever known.

Did you know that Albert was a peace-loving person who hated war? Well, he was. Yet his work led to the creation of the most destructive bomb ever.

Did you know that Albert was shy and hated publicity and attention? Yet he was a media superstar. Even now, fifty years after his death, Hollywood still makes movies about him—and T-shirts, coffee mugs, and posters are decorated with pictures of his famous face.

Who was Albert Einstein? You are about to find out.

Chapter 1
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

—Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein made his entrance into the world on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. He certainly didn’t seem like an extraordinary child. He was chubby and pale with thick, black hair. He was so quiet and shy that his parents worried that there was something wrong with him. They took Albert to doctors. “He doesn’t talk,” his parents explained. The doctors found nothing wrong.

The story goes that Albert didn’t speak a word until he was three or four years old. Then suddenly, over supper one night, he said, “The soup is too hot.” Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he had never said anything before. “Because,” little Albert replied, “up to now, everything has been fine.” Is this story true? There’s no proof.

Most boys his age played soldier and other rough-and-tumble games. Not Albert. When Albert saw real soldiers marching with their blank faces, they frightened him. Albert preferred to stay by himself and daydream. He enjoyed playing with blocks and building houses out of playing cards—some of them were fourteen stories high.

His parents continued to worry about their lonely and quiet son. They took him to more doctors. “Could there be something wrong with his brain?” his parents asked. Once again, doctors found nothing wrong with the boy. It was just his nature. He was quiet. He was a thinker.

Albert’s father and uncle had a business that sold batteries, generators, and wire. Electricity fascinated Albert. It was invisible, powerful, and dangerous. Electricity was like some mysterious secret. Albert pestered his father and uncle with lots of questions. How fast is electricity? Is there a way to see it? What’s it made of? If there’s electricity, could there be other strange and mysterious forces in the universe?

Albert enjoyed thinking about a world beyond the one that could be seen or explained. As he later said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”


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Who Was Albert Einstein? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
chums22 More than 1 year ago
I found these books when my son had to do a report on a real person. I think he was in 5th or 6th grade. You would think by the cover that they are for younger kids but we read it together and we both loved it. It is history but in a way that kids understand. It gives all the details of his life that you need but in a fun way. We now have a collection of these books and my younger kids are starting to read them. I have to say that I am just as excited when we get a new one as the kids. How wonderful to have books that make historical people fun to learn about. I wish they made more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have purchased several "Who Was" books for my 7 year old grandchild who loves to read about history and the people and events therein. These books have all proven to be interesting and informative. However, after reading the "Einstein" book, I decided it was not age appropriate. The single page I am referring to is a much to vivid description of the dropping of the atomic bomb over Japan. I will therefore hold off on giving it to him for a few years. Although this is a tragic event, it is too graphic for a 7 year old child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is confusing at the begining but wen u get into chaptr 2 it get very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book Perfect for reports on Albert E Totally awasome for learning facts Easy to read,easy for kids READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! :)
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who Was Albert Einstein? By Jessica BrallierThis biography is about the life of inventor Albert Einstein. This book is directed towards what kids do not know about the Einstein as a child. He maybe a famous inventor, but he also got in trouble in school. What was he like before he took up inventing? Did he succeed every time?I like the way this biography is told in a way that would bring kids in. I like that it shows that even if you mess up you can still do great things. I would have third through fifth graders read this book. I would ask them to make a KWL chart. What they knew before they read it, what they want to know and then after they read it what they learned. I would ask them to state their opinion of biographies and then write down five people they would like to read about three historical and two modern people.
samieb24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a neat way for children to learn about a scientist in a kid-friendly way. It includes contents of the scientists¿ life so that children can go straight to what they want to learn about the scientist. I rate this book 5/5 because it includes pictures and facts that are understandable to a child.
Gabrielle.Detrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that is all about Albert Einstein. It introduces this famous scientist to young children that is suited to first-third grade. It is a fun book that not only discusses his accomplishments, but also provides fun and unique facts that children would find funny. This book lightens the mood of a typical biography that is told in a fun way that engages students to learn more. The illustrations are whimsical and fun. Overall this book is a must have an any teachers library. Students can pick this up and have fun learning!
foutm01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to have on a classroom library shelf. I think that this book is more for older students rather than younger elementary students. I think that a third grader who likes to read long books would enjoy this. I would have fourth and fifth graders read this book. It is filled with fun facts and information about Albert Einstein and his life.
Bobby3457 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that this book would be good for someone to read that likes history about people. This book tells the life of Albert Einstein. He lived until he was 76 years old and in that time he made many discoveries and changed the way that people think. It tells most of the important things that happened in his life including him helping in the invention of the atomic bomb. It also tells what he was like and some of his personal life. I think that most people will like this book and finish it if they pick it up and start to read it. It tells where he lived and what made him move why he thought the way that he did and that he was an average person. Even though he was kicked out of his school he is one of the most briliant minds that the world has ever known.
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It tells you about celeberties
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Who Was Albert Einstein? by Jess M. Brallier is a terrific book that tells all about his personal life not only his professional life. It tells it in a way that makes this genius a normal guy that is a lovable person from a child to the end. Great job. Lots of great sketches and over 100 pages of interesting info packed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages r in the sample? I read a sample on another who was book, and it was just random stuff, so do we even get into the text, or is it just random stuff. I tried to send this but it said i had to finish the rating by tapping on the stars so the stars on this rating mean nothing. I just like to give people high praise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
43 pages
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How many pages r there?
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Albert Einstein rocks, did you know that his brain was 27% lager than a normal perdons brain that is probably why he is soooo smart I love this smarty pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It was a great book I learned so mutch tat I did not know
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It was good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It's awesome
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I did not acually read it on the nook but it is a really good book!! -#Hashtag