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Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published December 13th 2018
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Every great scientist was once a child. Kid Scientists introduces readers to what famous scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jane Goodall and Nikola Tesla were like as children. It talks about how these bright inquisitive young people asked questions, explored and examined things, and encourages readers to do the same. It talks about how these budding scientists didn't always get things right and did things that could be exasperating for their parents, like when the young Jane Goodall brought live earthworms and snails from the garden into her bedroom to study them.

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Young Jane Goodall.

Kid Scientists
was written by David Stabler, the author of Kid Artists, Kid Writers and Kid Athletes. It goes into a fair amount of detail with a whole chapter on each scientist, not just one or two pages. It is written in language that is accessible to young readers (of about 9 and up) without being patronising. It is illustrated in colour with fun cartoons by Anoosha Syed (of Adventure Time Comics and Bug Girl). It's a fun, educational book that would make a great gift for a curious kid.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quirk Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

October 9, 2018
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