Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

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Ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? As it turns out, the great inventor Benjamin Franklin got his best ideas from a mouse named Amos! Funny, interesting and wise, this classic tale has been a favorite for generations. Once you've met Amos and read his account, you'll never think of Ben Franklin-or American history-quite the same way.

Explore this historical time period even further in this new edition of award-winning author Robert Lawson's classic tale, with additional...

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Overview

Ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? As it turns out, the great inventor Benjamin Franklin got his best ideas from a mouse named Amos! Funny, interesting and wise, this classic tale has been a favorite for generations. Once you've met Amos and read his account, you'll never think of Ben Franklin-or American history-quite the same way.

Explore this historical time period even further in this new edition of award-winning author Robert Lawson's classic tale, with additional bonus material, including a map of Ben Franklin's travels!

Banjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The remarkable life of old Ben Franklin is related with wit, warmth and wisdom by Amosa mouse who has a way with words. Ages 8-12. (April)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316517300
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 35,517
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) is one of the greatest names in children's literature. He is the author and illustrator of such classics as Ben and Me, Mr. Revere and I, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and I Discover Columbus. His last completed work was The Big Wheel.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    So funny and fun!

    I loved this short story of historical fiction. The mouse Amos is very witty and takes control. He had me laughing. You can hear his he accent when you read which make it that much more funny. This is an AR book, but is recommended for 6 th grade and up because of the vocabulary words. (I'm guessing)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

    A great book for anyone interested in history with a twist.

    My 11-year-old and I enjoyed reading this book together. She's a big fan of the Colonial Period of American history, and this funny take on Ben Franklin's role in American history had us both coming back for more. We loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Twin

    Do not say that book stunk ! I am almost finished with it but I had to give it back to my school ![ I was in the 5th grade and now Im in the 6th , Im young , and I like the book , by the way Im 11 Adults get it as well ! Although there is a little bit of history included , its mostly about a cute little mouse , you see, when its entitled Ben and Me' The Me is the mouse and how Benjamin Franklin helps it . There are ups and downs , but I was so ciked about this book that when I looked in the inside It said there was another book like it with Thomas Jefferson , I believe it was , I might be wrong though , Its really not about history in a boring way ! Its really not ! It brings you back drawing you into the time of his life explaining his best innventions , showing nobodys perfect and more , Get it Now ! Its not what you think ....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Recommended

    The book was very good except some part, but besides that it is great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    AWESOME

    THIS BOKK IS VERY INFORMATIVE, BUT FUNNY AT THE SAME TIME. IT MAKES ME LIKE BEN EVEN MORE!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS WORTH FIVE STARS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    Okay, But Not Great

    It was okay, but it was a little boring.If you like history and fiction, you'll like this book, but it was too boring for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Taught me that history and books are 'cool'

    In my last few years of elementary school, learning felt like nothing but work, so I never did assignments AT ALL. The first one I completed in 5th grade was a book report on this book that all my classmates had to do. I loved this book! And I learned about Ben Franklin though I had never heard of him and didn't find out that he was an important historical charactor until a few years later. It was funny! ANd when I read about how Ben invented bifocal lenses and the Franklin Stove, I felt so proud and smart. I started this assignment because I wanted to see if I could be a good student, but after I few pages, it was painless and fun. I got my first A in elementary school on that report, and became open to the idea that writers and teachers can all teach them same concept but some do it in a fun, easily comprehensible way and others make it boring work. i.e. learning doesn't suck, just a few teachers and writers do. If your child doesn't like to read, has trouble in school, or simply has not been introduced to Ben, introduce them to this book. They'll learn how Ben discovered: that lightning is electricty, the Franklin stove, Bifocal lenses etc.) I'm 18 and(I'm not sure if I should be ashamed of this or not but...) almost everything I know about Ben Frankiln comes from this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Not to good

    I think this book was 2 boring. I no it needs 2 b educational but it could b a little bit more exciting and interesting. I had 2 read this book in the summer because I was going into 5th grade

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    IT STINKS

    This book stinks more than anything. I read it and when I read it I almost fell asleep.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    Poor

    i did not like this book at all! I thought it was the worst book i ever read. I highly do not reccomand this book. Ugh

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    Awesome

    I read this book in school it is an awesome biography from a mouse's interpertation. At first I didn't like but when we got into it made me like Ben Franklin even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin

    I wish i had the imagination of that author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Quite imanigative and interesting for the young mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Ben and Me Book Review by Lauren!!!

    This book was very informative. It gave a good plot and a well told story. In a way, it was difficult to be reading it from the mouse, Amos's, point of view. I would recommend this book to more advanced readers with a clearer perspective!!!

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    Posted July 25, 2009

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