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Newton’s Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist

By: Kathryn Lasky

Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

Famed for his supposed encounter with a falling apple that inspired his theory of gravity, Isaac Newton (1642–1727) grew from a quiet and curious boy to one of the most influential scientists of all time. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374355135

JLG Release: Aug 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Isaac Newton (1642–1727) , Biography , Science , Scientists

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Awards & Honors

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Sudents K–12: 2018
NSTA Best STEM Books 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

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In this picture-book biography (for younger readers than Mary Losure’s recent Isaac the Alchemist, Lasky focuses on Newton’s early years, telling the story of his childhood and showing how young he was when he began making major contributions to science. Schoolboy Isaac uses the laws of motion that he would later derive mathemati In this picture-book biography (for younger readers than Mary Losure’s recent Isaac the Alchemist, Lasky focuses on Newton’s early years, telling the story of his childhood and showing how young he was when he began making major contributions to science. Schoolboy Isaac uses the laws of motion that he would later derive mathematically to beat bigger and stronger classmates in a jumping contest, then goes home to make sketches on the wall and build a sundial in the yard. Lasky makes Isaac’s fixation with science endearing while acknowledging the challenges it presented. (That “Isaac was a complete disaster as a farmer” is clear from a spread in which Hawkes deftly captures the drawbacks of agricultural inattention.) Lasky follows Isaac to Trinity College, Cambridge, and does not gloss over the challenges of being a poor student without family support. With a detour into basic epidemiology (accompanied by a surprisingly appealing illustration of a plague-carrying rat), the book turns to the familiar story of Isaac’s scientific breakthroughs regarding gravity, calculus, and the light spectrum. Words and pictures in combination do a good job of rendering complex and theoretical concepts for elementary-age readers, and Lasky does her best to dispel the myth of the falling apple and emphasize the groundbreaking nature of Newton’s discoveries. There are no source notes, but a bibliography provides resources for further reading. sarah rettger

Book Details

ISBN

9780374355135

First Release

August 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

530.092 B

Trim Size

10" x 8"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1010L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Isaac Newton (1642–1727), Biography, Science, Scientists,

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