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Albert Einstein: History's All-Stars    by Marie Hammontree & Robert Doremus order for
Albert Einstein
by Marie Hammontree
Order:  USA  Can
Aladdin, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
*   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

As the cover of the book says 'They were kids before they were famous'. This illustrated chapter book introduces young readers, ages eight to twelve years old, to the childhood of the famous physicist, Albert Einstein.

The book follows young Albert, starting when he is a five-year-old with a cold, all the way to his adult years in the States. Covering one's life in thirteen chapters makes for a fast-paced read. And what a life the young Einstein had!

The stories range from the serious to the silly. On the playground Albert refused to play soldier with the other boys. He did not want to be a soldier, a requirement for every German boy. He even said so to a German officer who happened by the school yard ... a gutsy move indeed! And then there was the incident with his pet parrot and his younger sister's cat. We all know what happens when cats and birds get together!

The concept of this book is to present famous historical figures in a manner that youngsters will find both fun and entertaining and I think that is achieved. However, a child using this book as a source for a research report must be careful to back up facts, as the author blends historical fact with fiction.

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