People of Importance

This elegantly illustrated series exhibits fantastic biographical accounts of some of the most important people of all time. The series includes a variety of figures, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Mother Teresa, Sir Isaac Newton, Buddha, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-4222-2839-5
$418.95
21 volumes
2014
9 & up
4th & up
7 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
Albert Einstein: Great Scientist: The book opens with a quote by Albert Einstein about being German, Swiss, a citizen of the world, and a Jew. The accompa­nying illustration has him imagining himself in each role as he works on scientific formulas. As a child, Albert Einstein was quiet and awkward. Being a Jew in Germany at the turn of the last century exacerbated his awkward personality and school problems. He had trouble making friends and problems with learning in the classroom. As Albert grew up, his uncle Jacob and tutor Max Talmud taught him to use his mind in ways he didn't learn in school, leading him to become an expert in math and science. Einstein's ideas helped change the way scientists thought of the world around us and helped change the course of history in the atomic age. Sullivan mentions Einstein's tremendous accomplishments and scientific theories alongside his disappoint­ment in having contributed to the making of the atomic bomb. He chose not to become the president of Israel in favor of spending the end of his life promoting peace. The information is well researched and presented. The illustra­tions are engaging caricatures of Einstein, his parents, Newton, and others. Each page is accompanied by one or more illustrations, making this historical book with heavy scien­tific concepts an inviting read.

Recommended for ages 9-15.
Review by Drora Arussy
Jewish Book Council
Albert Einstein: Great Scientist
by Anne Marie Sullivan

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As a child, Albert Einstein was quiet and awkward. He had trouble making friends and problems with learning in the classroom. As Albert grew up, he began to use his mind in ways he didn't learn in school, leading him to become an expert in math and science. Einstein's ideas helped change the way scientists thought of the world around us and change the course of history in the atomic age. Today, Einstein is one of history's most famous scientists, and his theories have shaped science for decades. Learn about one of the most important scientists of all time in Albert Einstein: Great Scientist.

Archimedes: Ancient Greek Mathematician
by Susan Keating

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Modern life would be very different without the ideas of brilliant Greek scholar Archimedes. From the simple lever to complicated machines, his work in mathematics, physics, engineering, and astronomy helped to shape the world we live in today. Few thinkers of any time period have had as big an impact on math and science as the genius Archimedes. Learn the story of one of the most important mathematic thinkers of all time in Archimedes: Ancient Greek Mathematician.

Buddha: Father of Buddhism
by Anna Carew-Miller

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At the age of 29, a man named Siddhartha left his home near the Himalayan Mountains. Born to a noble family, Siddhartha wanted to leave his luxurious life to better understand suffering and pain. After six years of prayer and fasting, Siddhartha found enlightenment by letting go of the desires that cause pain. Siddhartha became Buddha, and began teaching his ideas to any who would listen. Today, Buddhism is one of the world's largest religions, with followers around the globe. Learn the story of one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all time in Buddha: Father of Buddhism.

Captain James Cook: British Explorer
by Richard Bowen

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Captain James Cook is one of the most famous explorers of all time. His discoveries include parts of Australia, islands in the Pacific, and parts of the Hawaiian Islands. Cook sailed to distant places from Antarctica to New Zealand, making maps and collecting information as he travelled. Today, we remember Captain Cook for his major discoveries and his leadership of his crew. Learn the story of one of the most important explorers in history in Captain James Cook: British Explorer.

Charles Darwin: British Naturalist
by Diane Cook

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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species changed the way we understand the beginnings of life on earth. Darwin's ideas challenged people to think differently, to question long-held beliefs, and to explore a new field of scientific discovery. As a young man, Darwin worked to join the priesthood, but his life took a turn toward science after he joined a government mission to South America and the Pacific. Darwin's work on the trip pushed him to come up with new ideas about life and nature, including his famous theory of evolution. Learn the story of one of the most important scientific thinkers of all time in Charles Darwin: British Naturalist.

Confucius: Great Chinese Philosopher
by Anna Carew-Miller

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Confucius was a teacher and philosopher living in fifth-century China. His ideas about the ways people should behave and treat each other are still part of Chinese culture and education, with Chinese students studying his ideas almost 2,500 years after his death. In the modern world, few philosophers are as well known or as often quoted as Confucius. Learn the story of one of the most important philosophers of all time in Confucius: Great Chinese Philosopher.

Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of Tibet
by Anne Marie Sullivan

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In 1937, a group of Tibetan monks searched for a young boy who was the reborn soul of the Dalai Lama, their nation's spiritual and political leader. After the monks found the boy living in a small cottage, he moved to a mountain palace and became the fourteenth Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama lived as a monk, meditating and praying, advocating love and peace. After China tried to invade Tibet, the Dalai Lama had to escape his homeland and go to India, where he would spend many years working to free Tibet from Chinese control. Learn the story of one of the world's most important spiritual leaders and peace activists in Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of Tibet.

Jesus Christ: Influential Religious Leader
by Susan Keating

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Jesus Christ: Influential Spiritual Leader During his lifetime, Jesus Christ worked hard to teach the world about love and the meaning of life. More than 2,000 years later, his teachings and ideas still form the foundation of one of the world's largest religions, helping and guiding hundreds of millions of people around the world. Jesus' life was marked by his sacrifices for others, and it can still be an example to people everywhere, no matter their religious beliefs. Learn the story of one of history's most important religious teachers in Jesus Christ: Influential Spiritual Leader.

Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Painter
by Brendan January

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Known for his art, inventions, and ideas, Leonardo da Vinci is the definition of a "Renaissance Man," someone able to succeed in many different areas. Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are two of the most famous paintings in history. His sketches of inventions and the human body have stayed in the minds of people for hundreds of years. Da Vinci's work and ideas have lived on long after he died, inspiring creative people in the modern world to reach new heights. Learn the story of one of the most important artists of all time in Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Painter.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Great Composer
by Anna Carew-Miller

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A German composer born in the 1700s, Ludwig van Beethoven has given the world some of the most well-known and long-lasting music of all time. From his Für Elise to his 9th Symphony (in which a choir sings words from the poem "Ode to Joy"), Beethoven's music is still loved, almost 200 years after his death. Amazingly, Beethoven composed music while being unable to hear almost anything from the time he was 26, a feat which makes his brilliant compositions all the more wonderful. Few musicians have had the incredible impact on music that Beethoven had. Learn the story of one of the most important musical composers of all time in Ludwig van Beethoven: Great Composer.

Marco Polo: 13th-Century Italian Trader
by John Riddle

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Trader Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to travel to China, staying away from his homeland in Italy for 24 years before returning. After he came back to Italy, Marco wrote of his travels and adventures in East Asia in his book Il Milione, sharing his tales with other Europeans. Polo changed the way Europeans saw the world by opening their eyes to the wonderful culture and people of China. Learn the story of one of the world's most famous explorers and traders in Marco Polo: 13th-Century Italian Trader.

Michelangelo: Renaissance Artist
by Diane Cook

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A painter, poet, sculptor, and more, Michelangelo was one of the most important artists that ever lived. Many of Michelangelo's works are among the most famous in the world, visited by tourists from around the world every day. His painting in the Sistine Chapel in Rome has impressed and inspired people for centuries. His sculpture David is known around the globe. Learn the story of one of the most important artists of all time in Michelangelo: Renaissance Artist.

Mohandas Gandhi: Spiritual Leader
by Diane Cook

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Gandhi's use of nonviolence to change his country inspired the world. His work to end 200 years of British rule in his home country of India changed the nation forever, but it also changed the way other people around the world fought for their freedom and human rights. Gandhi's ideas led great people from Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Dalai Lama to use nonviolence to work for change in their own countries. Today, Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Learn about the story of one of the world's most important spiritual and political leaders in Mohandas Gandhi: Spiritual Leader.

Mother Teresa: Religious Humanitarian
by Anne Marie Sullivan

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Driven by a love of God and a desire to help make life better for the poor and the sick, Mother Teresa worked for her entire life to change the world for the better. She founded a Catholic charity that works to help children and the poor in more than 130 countries. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work to help and care for others. Today, Mother Teresa is remembered for the change she brought to the lives of people around the world. Learn the story of one of the world's most important religious and charity activists in Mother Teresa: Religious Humanitarian.

Paul Gauguin: 19th-Century French Painter
by Diane Cook

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French painter Paul Gauguin may not have been appreciated while he was alive, but his work later inspired many of the world's most famous artists, including Pablo Picasso. In the century since his death, Gauguin's work has become better known and more respected. He is famous for his use of color and unique style. Gauguin's work set him apart from other French painters of his time and helped to establish the style of Symbolism. Learn the story of one of the most influential artists of all time in Paul Gauguin: 18th-Century French Painter.

Robert F. Scott: British Explorer of the South Pole
by John Riddle

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Robert F. Scott led two British Navy missions to explore Antarctica, each one lasting several years. On his second trip to the Antarctic, Scott and his team made it to the South Pole, but they found a group from Norway had beaten them to it. Though Scott and his team died in the cold on the way back from the South Pole, the British Navy officer and explorer is remembered today for his brave and curious spirit. Learn the story of one of Britain's most famous explorers in Robert F. Scott: British Explorer of the South Pole.

Sir Isaac Newton: Famous English Scientist
by Anne Marie Sullivan

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Isaac Newton's exploration of the world around him has shaped the direction of science for the last few hundred years. Newton's ideas about gravity, light, color, and the way things move have all shaped the way we think about the way the world works. Few people have been as important to science as Sir Isaac Newton. Learn about the story of one of the world's most influential scientific thinkers in Sir Isaac Newton: Famous English Scientist.

Socrates: Greek Philosopher
by Richard Bowen

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Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates' ideas on how people should discuss, think about, and solve complicated problems have influenced centuries of thinkers in politics, law, and philosophy. The modern world would be very different without Socrates' method of asking questions about a problem to find the solution. Socrates' thinking has shaped modern science, government, and education, as well as many other parts of everyday life. Learn the story of one of the most important philosophical thinkers of all time in Socrates: Greek Philosopher.

Vincent van Gogh: Modern Artist
by Richard Bowen

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Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous and influential painters who ever lived. His work and the dramatic story of his life have captured the minds of people from around the world for more than a century, inspiring artists and art fans alike. Few artists have had the kind of impact on their art that Vincent van Gogh has had on modern painting. Learn the story of one of the most important artists of all time in Vincent van Gogh: Modern Artist.

William Shakespeare: Great English Playwright & Poet
by Anna Carew-Miller

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Few writers have had nearly the same effect on the English language as William Shakespeare. His plays and poems have been popular around the world for hundreds of years, long after Shakespeare himself had died. From Romeo & Juliet to Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote some of the most famous comedies and tragedies in history, stories both hilarious and horrible. Learn the story of one of the most important writers of all time in William Shakespeare: Great English Playwright & Poet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: World-Famous Composer
by Diane Cook

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world's best-known composers, began playing music at a very early age and became a professional musician when he was only 17. He went on to compose hundreds of pieces of music--many of which are among the most famous in musical history--and influence composer Ludwig van Beethoven. More than 200 years after his death, Mozart's music is still among the most respected and beloved in the world. Learn the story of one of the most important composers of all time in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: World-Famous Composer.




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