|Marie Sklodowska Curie [Image Source]|
N. continues to absorb the broad outlines of the history of science from these biographies, along with some specific facts about chemistry and physics (although of course some of the science is too complicated for him to understand fully). We do many other more age-appropriate reading and learning activities with N., but we are pleased that our improvised curriculum has so far also included challenging works such as Uncle Tungsten, Madame Curie, the books of James Herriot, the King James Bible, and the Odyssey as they have crossed our path. In the original New York Times review, Charles Poore called Madame Curie "a biography that stirs the heart and the mind by a fine counterpoint of sense and sensibility, a great story superbly told." Even if some of the "great story" of Marie Curie is beyond N.'s comprehension, I think it is an excellent experience for him to encounter it not in a simpler children's version but in the "superbly told" narrative that so gripped the world when it was first published.