MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod

MARIE CURIE

A Brilliant Life
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fairly breathless biography delivers the facts in workmanlike style but without the spark of brilliance one might hope would be attached to the subject. Readers follow the pioneering physicist from her childhood and youth in Poland to her astonishing career in France with her husband, Pierre Curie. Much is told but little is shown as the narrative details Curie’s struggles against ethnic and gender prejudice to get her education, her intense drive emphasized above all. Although occasional hints of the woman acknowledged to be one of the greatest minds in physics show through, Curie’s later life is mostly presented as a bland catalogue of achievements. The design is pedestrian, each page of text faced with a page of illustrations and factoids; annoyingly, a little cartoon Curie walks the reader through these spreads, speech balloons offering such insights as, “I kept careful notes on everything, from making gooseberry jelly to experimenting in the lab.” Although this offering may not inspire them, readers will discover plenty to appreciate in the subject. (chronology, list of museums, index) (Biography. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-55337-570-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2004




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