Perhaps you let your young reader choose her own book for bedtime and she chooses Einstein's famous book, "Relativity." What's a parent to do? Introduce your budding scientist to Meet Einstein by Mariela Kleiner!
Okay, the chances of your two year old reaching for "Relativity" are a little slim, but it's exactly what happened to Mariela Kleiner and the reason why she wrote this book. Improvising the story of Albert Einstein so that her daughter could understand it, Kleiner debuts with a wonderful introduction for preschoolers to learn about concepts of science.
Young readers will be fascinated to learn that a scientist studies the Earth and the sky, animals, plants, and even our bodies. Scientists like to ask lots of questions about why things happen and how things work. They'll also learn that Einstein discovered many new things about light and that gravity is the reason why things fall down to the ground.
I was totally captivated by the illustrations by Viviana Garofoli and parents will enjoy the end of the book that includes a section for parents to learn about Einstein, so they can help their kids learn more about him and explore the concepts in this book. Chances are your young readers will learn that they are already great scientists, but your children will also realize that science is all around them and they just might think about Einstein the next time you turn off the lights.
Meet Einstein is available just in time for Einstein's birthday and if you get the chance, be sure to peruse the book's website at http://www.meeteinstein.com/. It's a lot of fun!
Reading level: Ages 2-5
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Meet Books, LLC (March 1, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publicist
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