A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Beyond the inspiring biographies, there’s a lot of subject matter information about biology, chemistry, math, and more.
Curiosity, enthusiasm, and persistence can lead to great things. When someone tells you your idea won't work or your discovery isn't real, don't give up -- keep trying.
Positive Role Models
Each of these scientists made lasting contributions to humanity, and the stories of their childhoods make them relatable.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that David Stabler’s Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars is the fifth book in the Kid Legends series. It's an inspiring look at the early lives of some of the most influential scientists in the past few centuries, including Katherine Johnson, George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, and Isaac Newton. It helps young readers see themselves in the everyday struggles these icons faced as kids. There’s a lot of history mixed with science here, especially when mentioning scientists who studied amid oppression or discrimination, or who grew up in less than ideal circumstances. Some of those harsh moments are glossed over and could be discussed in more detail with parents, but the inspiring effect will stick in readers’ minds.
Is It Any Good?
This collection of brief profiles of famed scientists makes STEM relatable and accessible as it gives readers a positive spin on many different scientific fields. The biographies are easy to follow, with some advanced vocabulary for older readers and lots of illustrations to move the stories along. Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars shows readers that the early lives these icons had many of the same triumphs and struggles that kids everywhere face, and show on page after page that exploration, curiosity, and persistence are incredibly valuable qualities.
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