Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z

Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z

by John O'Brien, Alan Schroeder
     
 
Benjamin Franklin devised armonicas and bifocals, helped bring us the Constitution and signed the Declarion of Independence, and even experiment with electricity and invented the Franklin stove. He amassed enough noteworthy acccomplishments to cover the entire

Overview

Benjamin Franklin devised armonicas and bifocals, helped bring us the Constitution and signed the Declarion of Independence, and even experiment with electricity and invented the Franklin stove. He amassed enough noteworthy acccomplishments to cover the entire alphabet from A to Z. This nontraditional tribute has information about a Founding Father who was as amusing as he was amazing.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alphabetically arranged, but far more than just an alphabet book, this guide to the life of Ben Franklin covers his upbringing, his prominence in early America, his many inventions, and his beliefs and writings. Given the breadth of Franklin's accomplishments, it shouldn't be surprising that each letter gets more than one word: N stands for newspaper, the New-England Courant (one of Franklin's papers); navigation (tied to his love of ships); and nude ("To his regret, ‘air baths' never caught on in colonial America"). O'Brien's ink and watercolor images contribute ample humor, and Schroeder creates a well-rounded, fascinating portrait of an iconic American. Ages 6–10. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
*"A fine place for history buffs to begin."

*"Outstanding."

"O'Brien...creates busy, vibrant and captivating spreads that children will love poring over."

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Facts about Franklin's life and inventions are presented in snippets arranged alphabetically. For example, the "B" page includes information about the man under "Boston," "Bifocals," and "Balloon," while "C" highlights "Constitution," "Contract," and "Chess." Franklin witnessed one of the first hot-air balloon launches, broke his printer's apprentice contract with his brother, and loved to play chess. The format does not result in a chronological time line, and previous knowledge of Franklin is assumed. No sources are listed. The book sports an attractive design, and the ink and condensed watercolor illustrations are full of life. These numerous, mostly small-scale ink drawings are color-filled with pointillistic details offering both charm and humor. Although similar in tone to Rosalyn Schanzer's How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning (HarperCollins, 2003), which is intended for a slightly younger audience and concentrates on the man's inventions, Schroeder's is a fun and informative supplemental resource to be used in conjunction with a straightforward account of Franklin's life.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419500
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
940,501
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

John O'Brien is a cartoonist whose work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is also the illustrator of many children's picture books. He lives in New Jersey.

Alan Schroeder is the author of acclaimed books such as Ragtime Tumpie, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, and Minty, an ALA Notable Book and a TIME Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year. He lives in Alameda, California.

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