Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On A Beam of Light


How to delay bedtime:  1) Read On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.  2) Let child(ren) interrupt to ask questions.  3) Try to answer said questions.  4) Finish the book.  5) Keep the dialogue flowing long after you shut the book.

At least, that is what I came home to after rehearsal last night.  Mr. B and the girls were still discussing this book.

On A Beam Of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.
Chronicle Books, 2013.





Mr. B loved this book.  This page blew my daughters' minds.  Atoms are very, very interesting.



This is Big Sis's favorite page, though.  She loves to eschew socks, even though we insist everyone else's noses would be happier if she would wear them with her sneakers.


The book was a Christmas present from my father.  A wonderful Christmas present to pair with this book came from her uncles in Washington DC.  The weather warmed up enough this weekend that the girls and their daddy finally took the telescope for a spin in the backyard!





It was a bit too hazy, but we were all able to get a good peek at the moon.  Later, the clouds parted enough to get an even better look!  We are excited to take Big Sis's new toy to the wide open spaces of the Kansas countryside soon.  There is too much light pollution in our city backyard.


12 comments:

  1. This is all lovely! I had a telescope in my mind for Christmas, but forgot in the end. It looks like a really great present. And they like the book? I picked it up in a bookshop a while ago and wondered about it - I'm so glad to read your review and now have an excuse to get it. (And they are such sweet glasses!)

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    1. My brother-in-law wanted to get the girls one big gift each this year, and the telescope was my husband's suggestion. They had a tiny tabletop telescope from a hobby store, and it was pretty cool, but nowhere near as powerful. It's going to be so much fun to use this summer, when we can get out of the city! :) And yes, this book is LOVELY! Totally worth owning. :)

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  2. I can't wait to get my kiddo a telescope. SO cool and this book is totally darling.

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    1. The telescope is going to be so much fun! We just need a clearer night to really enjoy it. It came with star charts, too! And yes, we LOVE this book!

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  3. We love this book! I actually have a post in the works where I'm planning to feature it along with a couple of other great picture book biographies. I am so grateful for authors and illustrators who simplify the stories of great men and women so my kids can understand them!

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    1. Isn't it wonderful? There have been some great picture book bios and histories over the past few years. I agree, I love sharing them with the girls. Looking forward to seeing the other books you have picked out! :)

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  4. This is just wonderful! I remember the year my brother got a telescope for Christmas- we were all so excited! And that book looks so incredible! Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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    1. Oh, fun! I always wanted a telescope when I was a kid, but never got one. (Pout, pout.) It's going to be so much fun when the weather warms up and we can drive out somewhere dark. The book is so lovely. ;)

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  5. OMIGOSH!!!! A PINK TELESCOPE!!! oh wowee! me likey. what fun you all will have!!!!! this book. gotta get! Julia will adore this. I can't wait to read your future summer star-gazing post......

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    1. I'm so excited for warm, clear nights, if only for this! And yes, the book is GREAT! The girls and Mr. B really enjoyed it. It will definitely come out again soon.

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  6. Those are wonderful presents! The book is very original and I would love to give it to my son one day! My baby hates socks. She takes them off as often as she can! Ah I telescope is always such a cool gift!

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    1. My oldest hates socks, and my youngest would wear them all the time, given the chance. She wore them to bed all last summer, too. Kids... they're so funny. And yes, the whole family loves the telescope. :)

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