Benjamin Franklin: Revolutionary Inventor (Sterling Biographies Series)

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What do libraries, streetlights, and fire stations have in common? What about bifocal lenses and the odometer? Sayings like “haste makes waste?” Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents: a scientist who experimented with electricity; a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England; a mapmaker, printer, and writer famous for his Poor Richard’s Almanack. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established America’s first hospital. The list of his ...
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Overview

What do libraries, streetlights, and fire stations have in common? What about bifocal lenses and the odometer? Sayings like “haste makes waste?” Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents: a scientist who experimented with electricity; a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England; a mapmaker, printer, and writer famous for his Poor Richard’s Almanack. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established America’s first hospital. The list of his accomplishments is astonishing and wide ranging. When he lived, his work touched the lives of every person in the new United States of America; some three hundred years later, he continues to fascinate, amaze, and inspire today’s young readers.
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Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
Children's librarians could look long and hard before finding a better middle-grade biography of Benjamin Franklin than they will find in this attractive, well-written book. Franklin emerges from its pages as a man of unending curiosity, imagination and energy, a man who was constantly working to improve life for his fellow citizens. The book is comprehensive in its detail, covering all aspects of Franklin's many careers—printer, inventor, civic leader, and statesman. Nevertheless, the book is written in a conversational tone that young readers will find easy to follow. Beautifully designed, with illustrations or sidebars on nearly every page, it will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. Back matter includes a glossary, a bibliography and an index. This book is part of the "Sterling Biographies" series. Reviewer: Barbara Carroll Roberts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402732836
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Sterling Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 303,256
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Great for Kids

    I always try to read something from history for my 3 boys each night. My 8 yr old never wants me to stop reading at bedtime, however, my 6 1/2 & 5 yr olds don't usually grip when its time to cut the lights out. But w/ this book my 6 1/2 yr old asked for me to finish it!! I'm definately getting more of the Sterling Biographies Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    benjamin franklin

    This biography is so easy to interpret. So easy to read. So easy to absorb. This is what I was looking for in the accomplishments of B.F.

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