Middle-grade Teachers

Do your students:

  • find learning about World War I boring?
  • have trouble memorizing battles and dates?
  • find it difficult to relate to the struggles of a century past?
  • need visual help to understand the past?
  • learn better by way of a story?


Lexi and Marie Curie Saving Lives in World War I

This book, through story form, puts students at the scene and introduces them to the real people who lived the history. They will discover:

  • what inventions were created from need in World War I
  • (example: sonar)
  • how weather and its miseries killed more people than died in battle
  • how people communicated without cell phones
  • how animals played a crucial role in the war
  • how the x-ray, used for the first time, saved soldiers from amputation and death
  • how Marie Curie put aside her work with radium to save soldiers lives
  • how women rose in status because of their contributions to the war.

Free Resources

Some students learn by reading, some by listening, and some by visualizing. With this book, teachers will have access to the following free resources:

  • colouring sheets 
  • free visuals
  • and a Pawscript in the back of the book which includes:
    • full glossary
    • timeline
    • cameos of real people
    • answers to questions about World War I
    • and a complete bibliography.

Engage Your students

marie-curieAs a teacher, I know that stories engage a child’s interest and help them remember characters and events. This story puts students in a cat’s-eye-view on the scenes of World War I. It depicts the little-known contribution that Marie Curie and her daughter Irene made to save the soldiers from death and amputation.

It’s important for children to have real heroes to admire and emulate. To know Marie Curie is to know full courage and grit and determination to accomplish the impossible. Her story is full of inspiration.

Students do want to learn, but they also like to be entertained. The story therefore has light-hearted moments to ease the dark aspects of a war story and make the reader smile.

I hope this story will enhance your teaching and peak your own interest in the story of Marie Curie – the woman I most admire.

2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the first World War. It is important to study the past so that we can create a better future.


About the book:

According to myth, cats have nine lives, and Alexander Catt II (also known as Lexi) has spent his former lives with scientists of medicine throughout history. read more…

Do you have questions about Meg’s Books? Contact Marian Keen at Meg’s Books.

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