Monday, July 1, 2013

Review - Riding on a Beam of Light by Ramsey Dean

“It’s perfect for bedtime reading, and one I’m sure kids will ask to have repeated often – and maybe even get inspired by.” - iPadinsight Albert Einstein famously put emphasis on the power of imagination and so does Riding on a Beam of Light. When Einstein won the Nobel Prize, he credited his own boyhood idea of riding on a beam of light with the spark that led him to his theory of special relativity. In this intricately illustrated storybook, lights-out turns into learning as we see the world from young Albert Einstein’s point of view, with a sense of fascination and adventure reminicent of Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon and Max from Where the Wild Things Are. At it’s heart is a story about imagination and dreaming, with gorgeous illustrations that capture our grown-up hearts and our children's curiosity. Can young minds change the world? Einstein proved it and now Riding on a Beam of Light brings that message to kids in terms they can celebrate on their scooter. So, turn the light on and off, discuss the speed of light, and have your child imagining what young Albert Einstein imagined as a child. This is a book parents can begin enjoying before the kids understand language (or physics). "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Riding of a Beam of Light is a well done picture book that help encourage a child's imagination.  The pictures are extremely well done and the story is good for younger children.  It teaches kids to explore the world around them by asking questions and letting their imaginations free.  The format I looked at was a pdf on my iPad which is not the greatest for sharing with a two year old, but I could see a print version of this really appealing to younger kids for family reading or beginning readers.

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