A brief biography that highlights some of the achievements of one of the most famous men from the early years of the United States.
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.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3-These biographies are written in a kid-friendly, chatty style. All provide brief general information about the featured subject. The type is large, the sentences are easy to read, and the backgrounds uncluttered, making them good choices for beginning readers. They're also suitable for classroom read-alouds. The boldly colored illustrations were digitally rendered and encompass full spreads. The captions present interesting extra tidbits about the person. An additional bonus is a link to the Fact Hound Web site, which contains links to sites for further information. These biographies are similar in reading level to the "First Biographies" series (Capstone/Pebble) but those books are illustrated with photos and reproductions. Nettleton's titles are twice as large and more visually appealing.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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