Marie Curie

By: Demi

In a time when few women attended college, Marie Curie earned degrees in physics and mathematics; discovered the elements radium and polonium; and invented the word radioactive. She also became one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. Time line. Glossary. Further reading. Full-color watercolor and mixed-media illustrations.

ISBN: 9781627793896

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Marie Curie (1867–1934) , Pierre Curie (1859–1906) , Women chemists , Poland , Biography , France , Nobel Prize winners , History of radioactivity , Women scientists

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

An elegant, fact-filled picture book biography of Marie Curie. The iconic scientist’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination emerge as standout qualities in the narrative. Many pages contain only a hint of important historical events, such as the telling of the Russian occupation of Warsaw, which may inspire young researchers to probe for An elegant, fact-filled picture book biography of Marie Curie. The iconic scientist’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination emerge as standout qualities in the narrative. Many pages contain only a hint of important historical events, such as the telling of the Russian occupation of Warsaw, which may inspire young researchers to probe for more details and for teachers to pose critical thinking questions. Demi’s distinctive art style shines, beginning with the attractive turquoise-and-gold cover illustration. Using watercolor and mixed media, Demi includes very fine details to illustrate the lab equipment; but more noticeable are the Eastern European—inspired patterns in the clothing and carpets. Teachers could easily use this as an introduction to the genre of biography or the study of famous scientists. VERDICT A welcome and well-written picture book version of Marie Curie’s life.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

Horn Book

Demi brings her inimitable style to the life of legendary scientist Marie Curie. From her early years growing up in a scholarly Polish family (and nicknamed Manya) through her education in France and her work on radioactivity with her husband Pierre, Curie constantly engaged in scientific inquiry, taking risks and bending convention in pursuit of k Demi brings her inimitable style to the life of legendary scientist Marie Curie. From her early years growing up in a scholarly Polish family (and nicknamed Manya) through her education in France and her work on radioactivity with her husband Pierre, Curie constantly engaged in scientific inquiry, taking risks and bending convention in pursuit of knowledge. In a clear, matter-of-fact text, Demi describes Curie’s remarkable accomplishments: “Manya figured out how to read at just four years old…she graduated first in her class, with an advanced degree in physics and a scholarship for the next year.” The gold-tinged illustrations are flat in aspect and like the text, serious, yet adding texture and detail, particularly of the laboratories in which Marie, Pierre, and even their young daughter Irène worked. Marie Curie, clad in dresses in bright colors or textile patterns reflecting her Polish heritage, literally stands out from the throngs of dark-suited men. Emotional moments such as the deaths of Curie’s mother and husband are no less impressively conveyed. A timeline, glossary, and further reading list are appended. -Danielle J. Ford, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9781627793896

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

540.92

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD980L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Marie Curie (1867–1934), Pierre Curie (1859–1906), Women chemists, Poland, Biography, France, Nobel Prize winners, History of radioactivity, Women scientists,

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