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Children's LiteratureBenjamin Franklin was a dreamer and a man with practical ideas. He was always searching for ways to improve people's lives and from inventing bifocal glasses and the lightning rod to creating America's first public library, Benjamin Franklin succeeded. This title covers his life and inventions starting with training with his brother as a printer, opening his own print shop in Philadelphia, publishing Poor Richard's Almanack, forming a volunteer fire brigade, becoming the Philadelphia postmaster, conducting lightning experiments, being elected to the Second Continental Congress, going to France, to helping write the Constitution. Each of these events are separated into chapters which are enriched with timelines, illustrations, historical proceedings, and some current references. Side panels help with facts, dates, interpretations, and current references. Benjamin Franklin's revolutionary ideas about democracy—as well as his ability to work for the common good—live on in the United States. Time's "For Kids Biographies" series has truly created biographies that make a connection between the lives of past heroes and the events of today. They are quick and good looks at America's country-building personalities. 2005, Harper Collins Publisher, Ages 7 to 9.