Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments

144p. (For Kids). bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. illus. websites. Chicago Review. Nov. 2016. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781613733202.
Gr 4 Up—Biographical science books for students are often limited to cursory overviews that don't provide much background; this is not the case with O'Quinn's exploration of Marie Curie (1867–1934). Not only does O'Quinn extensively detail the life of Curie, she places her accomplishments within the context of the time period. Curie's Polish background is also emphasized prominently in the narrative. The text is clear and straightforward and includes a time line of Curie's life and profiles of other scientists. The title also lists 21 activities and experiments that let students not only read about Curie's life but also experience it firsthand. This level of interactivity makes this offering a solid choice for those who are interested in science and for upper elementary and middle school teachers developing lessons. The activities and experiments could complement a science curriculum focused on teaching the basic principles of experimentation and scientific investigation. The activities will also help students develop research skills.
VERDICT An accessible science biography with ties to curricula and library use.

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