Isaac Newton lived so long ago that I’m impressed so much has been pieced together about his childhood. He spent his youth living in the attic above an apothecary reading, doing experiments and making contraptions. After the first fifty pages, I started thinking of him as we would today as a “maker”. Kids that are also makers will dig the detailed descriptions and love the historical sketches that are included. Also as ADD- inattentive as one of my own boys was diagnosed years ago. When Isaac tried to work on his families farm, he often got distracted and wandered away. Eventually, his family decided that he would never make a good farmer and sent him to university. Which turned out to be a good plan.The story also touches on the plague and the great London fire which is helpful to kids connecting history together. This story is engaging and well written and is based on Newton’s actual notebooks.(you can read them free online here.) I think kids will also like that while you learn about his major math and science theories a lot of the story is devoted to his study of alchemy as well.
I read a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
Written By: Mary Losure
Published on: February 14, 2017