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Stephen Hawking

illus. by Matt Hunt. 32p. (Little People, Big Dreams). further reading. photos. Quarto/Frances Lincoln Children's Bks. Feb. 2019. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781786033338.
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PreS-Gr 2-Another volume from the "Little People, Big Dreams" series, Hawking's life story is told with playful illustrations in this new title. Vegara acknowledges Hawking's curiosity and yearning to learn more than what was taught in the classroom. From his childhood schooling to his education at Cambridge, through his ALS diagnosis to his continued research as an adult, the author succinctly describes Hawking's determination and achievements in language that will be relatable to young readers. This book shifts the focus away from his physical limitations and chooses to highlight his persistence to uncover the secrets of the universe. Hawking's continued dedication to knowledge led to enormous accomplishments and discoveries for the scientific community. A time line of Hawking's life, along with photographs and further reading recommendations accompany this worthwhile addition to the biography series for young readers.
VERDICT A pleasant addition, recommended for public and elementary school libraries.-Mandy Simon, State Library of Ohio

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