Sigmund Freud: Giants of Science #3

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Explores the world of Sigmund Freud, who, making it into the author's highly popular series due to his creation of a brand-new branch of medicine called psychoanalysis, introduced the world to such controversial theories as Oedipal complexes, the id, and the ego.

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Kathleen Krull is the 2004 winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and is known for her popular biographies and social histories, including the Lives of series. She lives in San Diego, California.

Boris Kulikov recently illustrated Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton the first two Giants of Science titles. He currently lives in New York City.

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Grade 6-9–This biography begins with a brief look at Freud's childhood, focusing on his role as his mother's golden Sigi and the extremes to which his family went to cater to his needs (e.g., he had his own room, while the rest of his large family crowded into three bedrooms). Krull shows that he continued in this vein later on, expecting to be adored and catered to by his wife and colleagues. Most of the book deals with Freud's adult life, focusing on his drive not only to make progress in understanding the human mind, but also to live out his mother's dream that he make a name for himself. His theories are explained, and the author also discusses the ways in which later generations of psychoanalysts found his work simplistic, sexist, or otherwise limited, but also groundbreaking for their time. Freud is depicted as a complex human being: dedicated, driven, often egotistical, but also as a caring man who loved his family and who wanted to help his patients. Sophisticated cartoon pen-and-ink drawings add to the text. Catherine Reef's Sigmund Freud (Clarion, 2001) has more child appeal with its extensive use of photographs. For libraries wanting another biography on Freud, Krull provides a worthy addition.–Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library
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