Stephen Hawking

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Dr. Brian Hindmarch
April 25, 2019
wonderful introduction for children to this amazing man and scientist
March 22, 2019
I love this series. Every single book that I have read and reviewed from it is inspirational, information and perfect for that targeted age group. I love to highlight them whenever I can because I want to encourage you to have a collection of these stellar books.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford to a very eccentric and intellectual family. " His parents loved science, as did Stephen and his three siblings. They all ate dinner with a knife, a fork, and the company of a good book."

When he was a wee boy he used to stare out his bedroom window up at the stars and ponder the universe's magnitude and hidden mysteries. Although Stephen was not the smartest in his class his peers dubbed him "Einstein". Why one day he built a computer from clock parts and an old telephone as his assigned science project. He put curiosity ahead of his daily school work and his mind was always buzzing with possibilities. He attended Oxford and Cambridge Universities and he longed to solve the mysteries of the universe.

Unfortunately he was diagnosed with a paralyzing illness and his whole world drastically changed. He came to terms with his physical ailment and was determined to use his mind to reach heights that had never been reached before. He worked hard, studied hard, got married and fathered three children. He lost his voice, but that did not deter his pressing on and with a new robotic one he dictated books and interactived vigorously with the scientific world. He went on to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. He was an inspiration to humanity on so many levels.

This board book contains high quality illustrations that are colourful and engaging. They enrich the text for young readers to get a visual understanding of Stephen Hawking's life and achievements. The author has included a more thorough biography and timeline of Stephen's life at the end of the book.

This book would be a lovely addition not only to read in a home setting, but in a classroom and to place in a school library also. In fact when I was an elementary school librarian I would have ordered the entire series to adorn my shelves. This book is highly, highly recommend. I will wrap up with my favourite quote from the book:

"No matter how difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at."
Mel Ladner
March 20, 2019
The Little People, Big Dreams children's series is primarily full of famous women from history. However there are a few noted men included; and instead of being Presidents or your average successful white male they chose some people that I think are more inspiring for children. In this edition we get Stephen Hawking.
Hawking is a man I have untold respect for. To live your life with virtually no ability to do anything yourself and yet still be able to show others that you have abnormally high intelligence is difficult. Most people would see Hawking (if they didn't know him) and immediately dismiss him because of his inability to physically move. He sure proves them all wrong!
I really like how these books are easy to follow. Good starter reading for kids. A Grade 1 student learning to read, for example, could learn new words and discover a new hero from them. Isabel Sanchez Vegara has done a good job of taking a lot of complex moments in Hawking's life and bringing them down to a child's level. My hope is that kids will read this book and want to become scientists or at least learn that the universe and space are mysterious and worth studying.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
March 10, 2019
Good quality as usual