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. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
Elizabeth MacLeod is back with another winning biography of a famous scientist. MacLeod was nominated for the 2004 Silver Birch Nonfiction award for Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius, another title in the “Snapshots” series from Kids Can Press.
MacLeod’s writing is, as always, easy to read, and she has great material to work with. Marie Curie’s life was full of “firsts,” triumphs, and tragedy. MacLeod’s real strengths here are the pacing of the story (so much information must have been challenging to condense) and her clear explanations of scientific terms. Because the explanations occur naturally in the text, there is no need for a glossary for terms such as “element” (see excerpt, above).
As with the other books in this series, this book’s 13 topics are presented in 2-page “chapters” which include a main body of text as well as captioned photographs and drawings. The layout is consistent, with the text information on the left-hand page and the illustrations on the right. Red arrows point from captions to their accompanying illustration – this helps to avoid confusion on the busy and interesting pages. The layout is extremely appealing, and the coloured background of the pages really brings the black and white photographs forward.
MacLeod includes a succinct and easy to follow timeline of Curie’s life. Also appended are an index and a list of the museums that celebrate Curie’s discoveries.
An excellent addition to any biography collection, this book will appeal both to researchers and browsers.
Grace Sheppard is a Children’s Librarian with the Ottawa Public Library in Ottawa, ON.
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