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Children's LiteratureThis biography chronicles all of the major accomplishments and incidents of Benjamin Franklin's life, along with several minor incidents and anecdotes. Benjamin Franklin was the first American to be well known not only in the colonies but also in Europe. He demanded much respect in his day not only from his fellow Americans but from the French and British too. This book emphasizes his professional and political life over his personal, but there is a chapter devoted to his childhood and also some mention of his wife and children. Young readers might be surprised to discover the numerous and varied accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin. He wrote and published one the most popular newspapers of his day. He published numerous articles and books that were very well received, like Poor Richard's Almanac. He was an infinitely curious and inventive man, and his studies with electricity led to an understanding that lightening is a form of electricity, and also led to the invention of the lightening rod. His political influence was broad and powerful; he was the chief negotiator with both Britain and France during the years of turmoil before the American colonies won their independence during the Revolutionary War. This book is an excellent resource for students or young readers interested in learning about Benjamin Franklin, significant figures of American history, or famous inventors. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 8 up.