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Children's LiteratureThis biography focuses on Benjamin Franklin's life, revealing the famous hero from a child's viewpoint and satisfying young reader's curiosity. The text provides a chronological dialogue of historical events with full-color, double-page illustrations. Clear, crisp black or white type alternates from page to page to contrast with background hues. Young bookworms will appreciate brief paragraphs packed with information. Scattered throughout the pages are smaller typeface morsels offering more detailed information about the protagonist. However, in many instances, their presence is irrelevant to the discussion on specific pages, detracting from the story's rhythm and content. An introduction, timeline, glossary, and index add details to the storyline. The reading experience is enriched with additional resources and includes a list of quality book titles, Web sites, and trivia listed under "Did You Know." Illustrations by Jeff Yesh are rendered digitally. Facial characteristics appear unnatural and distorted, taking away the authenticity of the people's features. The book is available in reinforced library binding that will withstand the demand of frequent circulation. Balanced treatment provides valuable information for primary students despite the uncomplimentary character images. Add another kid-friendly book title, Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire, as a springboard for bringing history to life about the man often called "the harmonious human multitude." 2004, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 8.
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