Marie Curie

Marie Curie

by Kathleen Krull


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Marie Curie, the woman who coined the term radioactivity, won not just one Nobel Prize but two?in physics and chemistry, both supposedly girl-phobic sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142412657
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/19/2009
Series: Giants of Science Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 580,358
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, California. Boris Kulikov lives in New York City.

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Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series. Readers have come to expect chatty, direct narratives that develop distinct characters and place those individuals squarely in the context of both their times and their disciplines, and this account of the noted physicist’s life delivers the goods. From her childhood in an oppressed Poland, the daughter of two highly educated individuals, Curie emerges as a driven woman, determined to excel for both her parents’ and her country’s sake, this drive informing everything that followed. As in previous series entries, this offering manages to take a wildly complex subject—atomic physics—and render it comprehensible to the child reader, emphasizing the legacy Curie left behind. Curie’s personal life—her unusual (for the times) partnership with her husband, her frustration with the limitations imposed on her because of her sex, her difficulty balancing work and family—receives admiring, but frank consideration. Readers will emerge from this account with a new appreciation for both the scientific and social advances made by Curie, whose towering achievements justly earn her a place among the “Giants.”—Kirkus, starred review

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Marie Curie (Giants of Science Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good TRUE book
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This biography, written in simple and clear language, seems like it could be just as appealing to adults as to its intended audience of 9- to 12-year-olds. The book outlines Marie Curie¿s life from her birth to death, providing a picture of an intelligent, hard-working woman dedicated to science, while also portraying some of her faults (so the account is somewhat balanced). It reads quickly without too much technical detail on the science part, thus appealing to a general audience. Supplementary materials include a bibliography (of books and websites) and an index. The book also contains a handful of illustrations, which didn¿t really do much for me, other than the one of a depressed-looking Marie sitting near an empty chair after Pierre¿s death. That one really hit the narrative home emotionally. Overall, this book is a great introduction to a fascinating person whose tireless efforts helped changed the scientific world.
shillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the Giants of Science series by Kathleen Krull, Marie Curie is the biography of the Polish-French physicist and chemist who was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and won a Noble prize in both physics and in chemistry. Krull goes beyond the basic facts of Marie Curie's successes and achievements, and in a sensitive way presents her workaholic nature, her demanding parenting style, and the affair she had with a married man when she was widowed. Krull's compelling and conversational writing style make for an engaging read. A couple of drawings are included, but they do not clarify or extend the text. An index and a multimedia bibliography are included. Suggested grade level: 4-6.
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