What perfect timing for this post eh? With the announcement of the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize early this month, this is a great time to teach your children and students about where the prize came from and just who it's named after.
"Almost everyone has heard of the Nobel Prize, a collection of prizes awarded for accomplishments in science, medicine, literature, and peace. But few people know about the man who established the award and for whom it is named, Alfred Nobel.
Alfred Nobel was born in Sweden in 1833. A quick and curious mind, combined with a love of science and chemistry, drove him to invent numerous technological devices throughout his long life. But he is perhaps most well known for his invention of dynamite.
Intending it to help safely advance road and bridge construction, Nobel saw his most famous invention used in the development of military weaponry. After a newspaper headline mistakenly announces his death, Nobel was inspired to leave a legacy of another sort.
The Man Behind the Peace Prize tells the story of the enduring legacy of Alfred Nobel."
Written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Zachary Pullen, Alfred Nobel is part of Sleeping Bear Press's "True Stories" series. Like all the other books from this company, the illustrations are beautiful and the actual story is done in a manner that will appear to younger children and those a bit more mature. We learn things about Nobel, but we also are given a nice story...one interesting enough to read to the little kids.
Though I've paid attention to the prizes awarded each year, I can honestly say I never really knew where it came from or who the prize was actually named for. As an adult, this was educational to me as well, which shows that picture books really aren't just for kids! I mean, who knew Alfred Nobel loved explosives??!!
Sleeping Bear Press is generously giving away THREE copies of this fabulous book to 3 lucky readers of this blog. Use the book at home, in your classroom, or in your library...it's really a great resource to add to that biography section!
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The Man Behind the Peace Prize: Alfred Nobel
Sleeping Bear Press
Review copy provided by publisher