There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would be requesting Stephen Hawking by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrates by Matt Hurst the second that I first saw it. I’ve always loved the man and the contributions he made for science and so to see how he’s being introduced to and talked about among the kids of this generation is something I’m definitely interested in. And I’m really glad to have gotten the chance to read this one. Of late, I’ve seen a number of books out there introducing children to the most important figures of scientific history and it’s been such a wonderful thing to see. So much so that I even bought one of them for my niece on her birthday.
I didn’t love the artwork in this book, but it was well done and will certainly go a long way in keeping children engaged in the story that’s being told. I appreciated the way Hawking was represented and the colors used. Color is one of the most important things in artwork found in children’s books, after all, for that is what’s going to keep their eyes on the page.
All in all, the story the book tells is a good one. It goes over the life of Stephen Hawking, discussing his illness as well as his amazing and profound achievements. I loved that the book included his family, though I do think they painted it in a light that glossed over a lot of the truth behind his familial life. I notice this a lot in kids books and I know many people seem to think that children aren’t ready for such truths, but at the same time I feel as though it’s unnecessary to hide everything.
Stephen Hawking was definitely a good start and introduction for kids into this amazing man and I would definitely suggest checking it out.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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