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The world-renowned architect I. M. Pei is the twenty-fourth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series. (Cover may vary) This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way The world-renowned architect I. M. Pei is the twenty-fourth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series. (Cover may vary) This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features I. M. Pei, the award-winning Chinese American architect whose projects include the John F. Kennedy Library and the pyramid at the Louvre. Included is a pop-up of the Louvre to help young readers see the space and Pei's design in 3D! This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are: - A timeline of key events in the hero's history - Photos that bring the story more fully to life - Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable - Childhood moments that influenced the hero - Facts that make great conversation-starters - A virtue this person embodies: I. M. Pei's ingenuity led him and his designs to brave new heights. You'll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!


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The world-renowned architect I. M. Pei is the twenty-fourth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series. (Cover may vary) This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way The world-renowned architect I. M. Pei is the twenty-fourth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series. (Cover may vary) This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features I. M. Pei, the award-winning Chinese American architect whose projects include the John F. Kennedy Library and the pyramid at the Louvre. Included is a pop-up of the Louvre to help young readers see the space and Pei's design in 3D! This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are: - A timeline of key events in the hero's history - Photos that bring the story more fully to life - Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable - Childhood moments that influenced the hero - Facts that make great conversation-starters - A virtue this person embodies: I. M. Pei's ingenuity led him and his designs to brave new heights. You'll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

30 review for I Am I.M. Pei

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brad Meltzer

    Thanks to the #1 top request we were getting from kids -- here's our first Asian hero. Thanks to the #1 top request we were getting from kids -- here's our first Asian hero.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Very informative about someone who many don't know much about. Some of the pages had too much info for me. The illustrations are great and kept my attention on the wordy pages. 😁 Very informative about someone who many don't know much about. Some of the pages had too much info for me. The illustrations are great and kept my attention on the wordy pages. 😁

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thompson McLeod

    Available June 7, 2022 I Am I.M. Pei is a not-to-be-missed non-fiction outstanding book about world famous architect I.M. Pei from his birth in China, his building designs around the world and his masterpiece, the Louvre in Paris, France. Pei was born in China in the Year of the Fire Snake. His name translates to "To Inscribe Brightly," but I.M. always went by his initials. While his father wanted him to go into banking, his mother taught him to sit quietly and meditate--to listen to the silence. Available June 7, 2022 I Am I.M. Pei is a not-to-be-missed non-fiction outstanding book about world famous architect I.M. Pei from his birth in China, his building designs around the world and his masterpiece, the Louvre in Paris, France. Pei was born in China in the Year of the Fire Snake. His name translates to "To Inscribe Brightly," but I.M. always went by his initials. While his father wanted him to go into banking, his mother taught him to sit quietly and meditate--to listen to the silence. Pei loved going to the Lion Grove Garden where paths went in every direction and new discoveries were always found. Pei loved buildings and modern things. He decided to become an architect at age ten! Pei attended MIT and studied with excellent professors. In his first job, designing a science lab in Colorado, he won Laboratory of the Year. He designed the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the East Gallery of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. His most famous design is an update of Louvre in Paris, France. I.A. Pei built a pyramid where now everyone can see the entrance easily. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world and the most famous and visited landmark in Paris. Pei believes everyone should keep looking at things from all angles, or perspectives. Keeping your eyes and ears open and keep learning and trying new things. He believes we are all, "...the architects of your own lives." What a great addition to non-fiction picture books. This little darling of a read will likely earn awards and massive kudos. The story of Pei resonates with all creatives and everyone who loves a great life story. The pop-up page of the Louvre is fantastic! This alone sets I Am I.M. Pei above all this year's releases thus far. Illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos are imaginative and the graphic nature of the book is easy for even reluctant readers. Highly, highly recommended and a must-have for every child's book shelf. A great gift for any young reader. Ages 5-9.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this, the twenty-fourth book in the biography series, readers learn about groundbreaking architect I.M. Pei. Born in China, he studied in the United States, and then later, drew on his formative years, his own curiosity and perspectives, and the teachings of various mentors, to carve his own niche in his field. Pei faces plenty of naysayers critical of his work and plans, but eventually, he seems to have won them over with his finished designs. He is the creative force behind a Presidential l In this, the twenty-fourth book in the biography series, readers learn about groundbreaking architect I.M. Pei. Born in China, he studied in the United States, and then later, drew on his formative years, his own curiosity and perspectives, and the teachings of various mentors, to carve his own niche in his field. Pei faces plenty of naysayers critical of his work and plans, but eventually, he seems to have won them over with his finished designs. He is the creative force behind a Presidential library, a Colorado laboratory, and renovation of the Louvre Museum in Paris. A timeline shows the important events in Pei's life, and the narrative incorporates some of his actual words. Somehow, he managed to blend modern designs and art with older forms and never forget to regard potential projects from different perspectives. With its cartoonlike illustrations and an attractive pop-up of the entrance to the Louvre he designed, readers just might be inspired to take a second look at the world around them and see their world differently. Whenever I read the books in this series, I always feel a bit disconcerted because I don't consider them to be Ordinary People at all. I.M. Pei seems to have had an extraordinarily unique vision.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Who knew? I didn't know I.M. Pei so I'm happy to have learned about the artist/architect responsible for the glass triangle as the entrance to the Louvre (walked through that!), a museum in Washington DC, and so many other projects as an Chinese-born man who moved to the United States for college and then designed high-impact sites around the world with his love of calm and peace but also beauty and quiet. (Camping under the starts to design a lab out west that won a design award). The series ma Who knew? I didn't know I.M. Pei so I'm happy to have learned about the artist/architect responsible for the glass triangle as the entrance to the Louvre (walked through that!), a museum in Washington DC, and so many other projects as an Chinese-born man who moved to the United States for college and then designed high-impact sites around the world with his love of calm and peace but also beauty and quiet. (Camping under the starts to design a lab out west that won a design award). The series makes meeting people and learning about their lives so easy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked learning more about Pei and the way Brad wrote the book was really fun. I liked the speech bubbles, artwork, and more info on the famous Chinese architect at the end. It was nice learning about this amazing creator.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    A lively biography of architect I.M. Pei, who used his curiousity and unique perspective to design one-of-a-kind buildings. Come for the inspirational message ("You are the architect of your own life") and stay for the really cool pop-up. A lively biography of architect I.M. Pei, who used his curiousity and unique perspective to design one-of-a-kind buildings. Come for the inspirational message ("You are the architect of your own life") and stay for the really cool pop-up.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lewestover

    Quick but very informative read about the architect I. M. Pei. This is a fun series, both for children and for adults.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lake Shore Library

    The pop up Louvre was the best part--the perfect addition for a book about an architect!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darryl Hodge

    five nights at freddy's I'm looking forward to reading a new book on this topic five nights at freddy's I'm looking forward to reading a new book on this topic

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    Really well done with a great surprise in the middle!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Regine

    Cute.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chick Marks

    This is a children’s book but it facts, illustrations, and pop-up are on point.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I have a great appreciation for biographies designed for youngsters. I wanted to know more about I.M. Pei and this nugget of a book gave me just what I wanted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wruck

  20. 5 out of 5

    AlamoLiz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tufriel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Rhode

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Jackson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gary Parkes

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Lee

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bev

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Prinn

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