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Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series)

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Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series)

Anyone interested in science has probably heard about Marie Curie. She was born on May 15, 1959. From a very early age, she demonstrated a love of learning. She excelled at school and was fascinated by the subject of science. Her life-long fascination with science enabled her to make some wonderful discoveries, some that have changed life for millions. She discovered two new elements, polonium and radium. Radium has been used extensively in the medical field.

"I knew Marie Curie was an important figure in the scientific world, but I confess I wasn't aware of all the things she had accomplished. She is a real role model for girls who want to study science."

Her gender held her back in some respects, but even so, she was the first woman to hold a full time chair position at the famous Sorbonne University, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person (male or female) to win Nobel Prizes in two different categories, chemistry and physics.

Author Amy  O'Quinn takes the reader through Curie's life, from her early years growing up in Poland, to her life in Paris, through her many happy years of marriage to Pierre Curie, to her death on July 4, 1934.

Like other books in the series by the Chicago Review Press, this one contains 21 activities for kids. A couple of the activities are making a compass (Curie did extensive work with magnetism) and making a sun print. The author includes a Timeline of Curie's life in the beginning of the book, as well as a list of Resources to Explore, a Glossary of terms used throughout the book, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index at the end of the book. The pages are filled with lots of photos, as well as interesting sidebars of information relating to the topics in each chapter.

I knew Marie Curie was an important figure in the scientific world, but I confess I wasn't aware of all the things she had accomplished. She is a real role model for girls who want to study science. If Curie was able to accomplish so much in her lifetime under such restraints, imagine how much more an intelligent,  hard-working woman can accomplish today.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is very well laid-out and is filled with interesting information, fun activities and lots of photos. It would made a great resource for anyone studying about Marie Curie or for those learning about women in science.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on November 30, 2016

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments (For Kids series)
(For Kids #66)
by Amy M. O'Quinn

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • Genres: Children's 9-12, Nonfiction, Science
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN-10: 1613733208
  • ISBN-13: 9781613733202