What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

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by Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes
     
 

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No matter how busy he was, Ben Franklin always found time to try out new ideas and he was also a man of many talents. He was also an ambassador to England, a printer, an almanac maker, a politician, and even a vegetarian (for a time).See more details below

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No matter how busy he was, Ben Franklin always found time to try out new ideas and he was also a man of many talents. He was also an ambassador to England, a printer, an almanac maker, a politician, and even a vegetarian (for a time).

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Welcome to the 24th printing, (merely taking into account the paper version), of Jean Fritz's Ben Franklin biography for younger children. Yes, it has become venerable, but for all the right reasons. In her series of early readers highlighting American Revolutionary War-era figures from Paul Revere to John Hancock, Fritz caught the optimal tone for her audience. It is a light, breezy, perfect-for-reading-aloud style. The important dates and facts are all painlessly here, and so are the matter-of-factly stated anecdotes that fascinate kids. Who else would describe several of Ben's huge number of siblings this way: "Josiah ran away from home and was drowned at sea. Sixteen-month-old Ebenezer ran away from his mother and was drowned in a tub of his father's soapsuds." Thankfully, Margot Tomes's sketches are always in absolute sync with Fritz's narrative, whether irreverent caricatures or solid draftsman-like illustrations of Franklin's inventions. The resulting book remains a brilliant partnership of children's publishing talents. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698113725
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
104,670
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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