Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize
ill. by Zachary Pullen
Picture Book Biography
Chelsea, Mich. : Sleeping Bear Press, c2009
Prior to reading this book, I had only associated Alfred Nobel with the Prizes associated with his name. Now I know the reason behind the Prizes. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. His intentions were good, he wanted to make it easier to build roads and bridges, railways and towns. When the world started using his creation for destructive purposes, Alfred was very sad. One day a Paris paper printed his obituary. His brother had died and they thought it was Alfred. After reading of his supposed death, he realized that people only thought of him as the maker of dynamite and all of its bad uses. He did not want to be remembered in such a way so he made changes to his will. Upon his death (for real this time), he was one of the wealthiest men in Europe. After leaving a small amount of money to family and friends he stated that the rest was to be used to reward "those who have rendered the greatest services to humankind".
The cover was so beautiful that I thought I would love the interior illustrations as well. Most of them were beautiful. However, I did really like the distortion of a lot of the people. The heads, especially nose and ears seemed skewed as did the hands. Overall a great book and very informative.