Title: Riding on a Beam of Light
Author: Ramsey Dean
Illustrator: Noah Hamdan
Publisher: The Light Beam Riders
Pages: Ebook; 26
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Source: JKS Communications
Recommended to: Parents/Readers looking for a fantastic look at the imagination of Albert Einstein!
Difficulty Level: Elementary school readers should start to be able to read this on their own, although some vocabulary is a little advanced.
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Albert Einstein adamantly emphasized the importance of imagination and so does Riding on a Beam of Light. In this vividly illustrated storybook, lights-out turns into learning as we’re swept away by young Albert Einstein’s fantastical, and ultimately world-changing idea in an adventure that’s reminiscent of classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and Where the Wild Things Are. At it’s heart is a story about imagination and dreaming, adventurous and engaging, with gorgeous illustrations that captures our grown-up hearts and our children’s curiosity.
Ever wonder what Albert Einstein was like as a child? He definitely had an active imagination, and we are able to see a bit of that in Riding on A Beam of Light. When his mother turns out the light, Albert's mind turns to dreams and ponderings! Young Albert becomes a role model in this story, and shows how important imagination is, both in science and in everyday life. He encourages children to question how things work, and most of all to dream big!
I have to say that the illustrations really steal the show. Big and bright, with an almost magical quality to them, Noah Hamdan has managed to make Albert's childhood into something beautiful! I was blow away by how crisp they looked, even in my digital version. I know that young readers will love exploring Riding on a Beam of Light. Hopefully it inspires them to grow and learn!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.