Benjamin Franklin: An American Geniusby Kay Melchisedech Olson
A biography examining the life of Benjamin Franklin and his leadership as a statesman, scientist, inventor, and printer. Written in graphic-novel format.
Children's LiteratureThis biography of Benjamin Franklin divides his life into four sections or chapters. It begins with his early days as a child learning his family's businessesboth his parents' candle making and his brother's printing press. The text then goes on to his time as an inventor. This section describes some of the important inventions he created and ways he tried to improve on the then current systems such as the postal service. Other chapters are concerned with Franklin as a patriot and a statesman discussing his going to England to oppose the tax laws being passed, penning the Declaration of Independence, meeting with the French king in order to fund the Revolutionary War, co-writing the United States Constitution, and leading Pennsylvania for three years. The book ends with Franklin's death in 1790. With its colorful illustrationsformatted in a comic book stylethis book will especially appeal to boys. It is packed full of facts both directly stated and implied in the comic-style speaking bubbles for the characters. This book is a "Graphic Biography" title in Capstone's "Graphic Library" series. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 9 to 12.
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