Albie's First Word: A Tale Inspired By Albert Einstein's Childhood

Picture Books | October 28, 2014

byJacqueline TourvilleIllustratorWynne Evans

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Here’s a beautiful historical fiction picture book—perfect for the Common Core—that provides a rare glimpse into the early childhood of Albert Einstein, the world’s most famous physicist.

Three-year-old Albie has never said a single word. When his worried mother and father consult a doctor, he advises them to expose little Albie to new things: a trip to the orchestra, an astronomy lecture, a toy boat race in the park. But though Albie dances with excitement at each new experience, he remains silent. Finally, the thoughtful, quiet child witnesses something so incredible, he utters his very first word: “Why?”

Kids, parents, and teachers will be delighted and reassured by this joyous story of a child who develops a bit differently than others.

"More than a distinctive introduction to Albert Einstein, this book promotes both understanding of difference and scientific curiosity." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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Here’s a beautiful historical fiction picture book—perfect for the Common Core—that provides a rare glimpse into the early childhood of Albert Einstein, the world’s most famous physicist. Three-year-old Albie has never said a single word. When his worried mother and father consult a doctor, he advises them to expose little Albie to ne...

Jacqueline Tourville’s first word, according to her mother, was “ball,” followed closely by “book.” She has authored several books for adults, and she writes about child health and development for various publications and websites. This is her first picture book. Originally from Plattsburgh, New York, Jacqueline lives in coastal Maine ...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.9 × 0.38 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307978931

ISBN - 13:9780307978936

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“The simple story is told with heart, suspense and gentle humor […] More than a distinctive introduction to Albert Einstein, this book promotes both understanding of difference and scientific curiosity.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred