by Mariela Kleiner
Meet Books, LLC
Publication Date: March, 2011
List Price: $15.95
Review: Einstein and preschoolers? Sounds incredulous, but Mariela Kleiner has found a way to bring to those precocious toddlers and preschoolers who are constantly asking, "Why?" in her book Meet Einstein. Complete with a question guide for parents, Meet Einstein is the perfect story to get young children thinking about the science that surrounds them.
Einstein and his dog greet the children on the first page as they begin their discovery of science and the scientists - who they are, what they do, and how they are just like the readers themselves. This is shown on a two-page spread of inquisitive children with question marks floating over their heads. Even at a very young age, children can identify with that! Then the book continues to focus on Einstein and his discoveries about light and gravity. Though these concepts are far above the children's cognitive development, the author does a nice job relating them to what the children see everyday - like lamps and food falling from the tables. And in the end, she invites all the children to one day be scientists too.
I wish this book had been around when my son was a toddler. It is absolutely charming and the illustrations are colorful and appealing. Inside the jacket of the book, it claims that Meet Einstein is intended for ages 2 - 4, however I think it is valuable beyond those years. Inside the front and back cover is a collection of scientific tools with proper names and purposes. I can see elementary school students having fun learning about them. And, I do believe that as children start to get into science at school, Meet Einstein might be a good introduction in the primary grades. Honestly, I don't think the book would appeal to all audiences, but if you know a child that seems to overwhelm people with questions and have a thirst for knowledge that is insatiable, the Meet Einstein is a perfect choice. Who knows, one of the readers just might be another little Einstein!
Review written by Margo Nauert (6th grade teacher).
We would like to thank JKSCommunications for providing a copy of Meet Einstein for this review.
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