Today I have a guest post from my friend, Lisa, who writes at Knocked Up Abroad. She shared with me a new book that’s launching a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. The idea of the book and the campaign seemed interesting to me and to the KidsTravelBooks audience that I had to share. I’ll let Lisa tell you more:
The Marie Curie Alumni Association has created a new illustrated children’s book called Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence to bring the amazing life of Marie Curie and her advanced discoveries in science to life for the next generation of critical thinkers.
Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence uses a novel storytelling approach to bring this historical figure to life for readers both young and old. Written and illustrated as a dynamic superhero story, this book introduces children to important scientists and their key accomplishments in a fun and engaging way.
Unlike other children’s book about historical figures, this book focuses not on the achievements of the two-time Nobel Laureate but instead on her personality traits that are inherent in all young children—persistence.
About Marie Curie
Marie was born in Warsaw, Poland as Maria Sklodowska in 1867. She fought against the commonly held societal belief that women were not smart enough for higher education by educating herself in underground networks.
When she was 24 years old, she moved to Paris, France. There she attended Sorbonne University where she earned not one but two advanced degrees. Her groundbreaking scientific discoveries with radium and polonium and radioactivity resulted in scientific recognition with two Nobel Prizes—one in chemistry and one in physics.
Marie Curie’s appeal to children
In her life’s story, the power of persistence is a recurring theme. In the children’s book, Marie relies on her superpower during her ongoing battle with her arch nemesis, Mr. Opposition. Throughout her life, society and institutional limitations threatened to block her progress. Determined to become educated and successful, Marie Curie persisted.
Marie Curie represents a strong-willed role model for both girls and boys. She is the only person to ever win two Nobel Prizes. This story demystifies her complex discoveries using language that early readers can understand.
Children love epic adventures complete with heroes, villains, and incredible superpowers. This book delivers all of that with dynamic and infectious energy.
Today, Marie Curie’s persistent spirit is taking over the world. Parents, teachers, librarians, and science lovers discover this new perspective of a famous figure.
Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence is available to pre-order now through IndieGogo, June 1 – July 4, 2017. Extra perks to complement and enhance the story, such as fun kid-friendly experiments and learning resources are available only through the campaign.