Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin

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Now available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling tell the story of the man known as the "wisest American."

Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children, and the youngest of 10 sons. To help out with the family, he was put to work when he was 10 years old in his father's candle and soap-making shop. Ben hated making soap and candles. Since he was smart and a good speller and he loved to read, he later went to work in his brother's print ...

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Overview


Now available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling tell the story of the man known as the "wisest American."

Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children, and the youngest of 10 sons. To help out with the family, he was put to work when he was 10 years old in his father's candle and soap-making shop. Ben hated making soap and candles. Since he was smart and a good speller and he loved to read, he later went to work in his brother's print shop as an apprentice. He read book after book, and soon began to write himself. By 18, he moved to Philadelphia where he eventually openend his own print shop. By age 28 he published "Poor Richard's Almanac," a best seller in Colonial America.

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

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Children's Literature
Benjamin Franklin was so inventive, practical and wise that no one since has rivaled his accomplishments. James Cross Giblin's The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin is a picture book biography that will inform and delight young readers as well as adults who are learning English. Dooling's paintings recreate the 18th century in costume and color. Noteworthy is the "artist's note" at the end, describing the difficulties in illustrating a life as rich and complex as Franklin's and alerting us to details we might otherwise miss in the paintings. Giblin provides an overview of the wisdom, the genius, the personal losses, the disappointments and the fortitude of this man for the ages. 2000, Scholastic, $17.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
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Gr 3-6-In a concise, readable style, this biography presents a great deal of information about a key figure in American history. Like Jean Fritz's What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Putnam, 1976), the book does not romanticize or sentimentalize Franklin's genius or his contributions. Giblin includes the challenges Franklin faced in establishing himself in business, his falling out with his son when they took different sides in the Revolutionary War, and the illnesses he suffered throughout his later years, and balances them with the man's successes in publishing, his inventions, and his diplomatic service. Dooling's realistic full-color, full-page paintings and spot sketches capture not only Franklin, his family, and colleagues, but also reveal much about life in the Colonies and England during this period. Concluding informational pages include a chronology of Franklin's life, a discussion of his inventions, a page of sayings from Poor Richard's Almanack, descriptions of historical sites associated with Franklin, and notes on sources used by both the biographer and the illustrator. These additions enrich and expand on the text. A balanced biography that belongs in all collections.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439810654
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 276,179
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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