Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments.
Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments
Amy M. O'Quinn, author
Lindsey Cleworth Schauer, illustrations
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610
9781613733292 $16.99 www.chicagoreviewpress.com
Written for an audience of kids age 9 years and up, "Marie Curie for Kids" covers the life and achievements of a great woman scientist of the 19th and 20th century. Born the daughter of two teachers in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie later attended the Sorbonne in France for her finishing education. Her scientific discoveries and legacy is prodigious. She discovered polonium and radium while completing her PhD on mobile radiology equipment during WWI. Battling depression throughout her life off and on, Marie Curie nevertheless met and married Pierre Curie, another accomplished scientist, and raised two daughters while continuing her work and research on radium and other undiscovered elements. Highlighting her many outstanding discoveries and achievements, documented in 50 period black and white photographs and other assorted illustrations, "Marie Curie for Kids" presents the enormity of Curie's achievements and contributions, touching fields including oncology, carbon dating, and nuclear power. Marie suffered the loss of her husband, Pierre Curie suddenly in April of 1906 due to a tragic horse and cart accident. Following that, Marie eventually took over completing and enlarging on Pierre's research at the Sorbonne. It is well documented that Marie suffered painful, dangerous radium burns on her hands and body due to her relentless research work in discovery and isolation of the new element, radium. "Marie Curie for Kids" also offers 21 experiments and activities for kids to complete that convey parts of the immense discipline, curiosity, and drive that Marie Curie displayed throughout her life. Some of these activities include: profiling a Nobel Prize winner, trying your hand at wycinanki or Polish paper cutting, making an atomic model of carbon, making a model "little Curie' or radiological unit in a truck, exploring Charles's Law by making soap clouds, creating a periodic table of elements scavenger hunt, and making sun prints and elephant toothpaste. A final suggested project is called "Create a Marie Curie Vision Board," using quotations of Marie's own words to highlight her vision, scope, and perseverance and inspiring others to do the same. Chock full of historical information and present perspectives on the amazing life and contributions of a world famous woman scientist, "Marie Curie for Kids" is an excellent science biography educational read for students in the middle grades.