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Traditional American values come across loud and clear in this annotated collection of quotations by Ben Franklin, one of one of the country's most recognized and influential thinkers. Each spread presents a single quote in large pastel font centered on abundant white space. A short explanatory paragraph appears below, noting basic details of Franklin's life and his views on the world. A black-and-white woodcut reminiscent of early printing processes accompanies each quote. Though clearly illustrative of each principle, these images are sometimes marred by distorted faces and disproportioned limbs-perhaps a symptom of the medium. However, the thick matte paper and traditional type styles combine into a generally attractive work. A brief biography of Franklin is appended along with a note that references the origin of the quotes in his Poor Richard's Almanack . A useful addition to history units.
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