Who Was Ben Franklin?

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Ben Franklin was the scientist who, with the help of a kite, discovered that lightning is electricity. He was also a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author-a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people claimed he had magical powers! Full of all the details kids will want to know, the true story of Benjamin Franklin is by turns sad and funny, but always honest and awe-inspiring.

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, ...

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Overview

Ben Franklin was the scientist who, with the help of a kite, discovered that lightning is electricity. He was also a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author-a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people claimed he had magical powers! Full of all the details kids will want to know, the true story of Benjamin Franklin is by turns sad and funny, but always honest and awe-inspiring.

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This is an often funny, always engaging introduction to one of America's most fascinating founding fathers. Franklin is affectionately and respectfully depicted as a man of insatiable intellectual curiosity with a tireless creative and inventive mind who played indispensable roles in the War for Independence and the establishment of the U.S. government. Fradin's anecdotal presentation describes all of the important contributions and inventions the man gave to the world: a national postal system, the first public library, the first volunteer fire department, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, and his revolutionary experiments with electricity. His public service on behalf of the Continental Congress as a diplomat and representative, and his contributions to the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution also receive significant attention. The discussions of Franklin's childhood growing up as one of 17 children and his relationship with his son William who stayed loyal to England during the War for Independence add an interesting personal dimension. Readers are left with an impression of a man of almost unfathomable genius whose many astonishing contributions to American culture, politics, society, and science still profoundly affect us. O'Brien's black-and-white amusing cartoon illustrations are an effective complement to the lighthearted text. A fun, informative introductory biography that will inspire many readers to learn more about this fascinating man.-Edward Sullivan, White Pine School, TN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Benjamin Franklin "snatched the lightning from the sky and the scepter from tyrants" and his story is told here in many informative and amusing anecdotes. Among them: young, skinny-dipping Ben pulled across a pond by his kite, Ben in London proving he can swim three miles, Ben making up fake "news items" to spice up his Pennsylvania Gazette, and Ben wanting to get married in spite of his "bumpy" love life. These human-interest stories balance the better-known record of Franklin's accomplishments as an inventor and political force in colonial America. Franklin invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, and an artificial arm. He started a public library, a volunteer fire company, and a general hospital in Philadelphia. He improved the colonies' mail delivery system and founded the Philadelphia Academy, which later became the University of Pennsylvania. Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence, helped secure French support for the Revolution, and helped hammer out the Constitution. His final public act was to urge Congress to end slavery. All of this and more are covered in this brief, engaging, well-written biography. Not just a birth-to-death exposition of facts, this account opens with Franklin's catching lightning in a bottle and, by the end, has succeeded in portraying Franklin as a "man of many talents" and a flesh-and-blood person. The black-and-white illustrations, which appear on every spread, are superb, adding information and touches of humor. Readers will like the Ben Franklin they come to know in this outstanding biography. Two timelines are appended-one on Franklin's life, and one on world events. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448466767
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/18/2002
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    This book was easy and fun, but very factual at the same time. I

    This book was easy and fun, but very factual at the same time. It'd be perfect for 3rd graders and struggling readers in higher grades.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    Easy to Read & Good Information

    My son is 9 and loves to read these "Who Was..." books. Great for quick read and kids still gain lots of knowledge

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    THE HORER THE HORER

    Y god y the stupidity of this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Y

    I have that book. The picture looks weird.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    HELP

    I got the sample and didnt even make it to the table of contants so I freeked out I was realy looking forward to the book, because I have to read it for school because I am in battle of the Books so I thought it would be easier to read it on my nook but I was wrong. So can someone help me I need help please someone help me. I geuss i would have been better off just to ask my friends wwhat it was about or to just get it and read it. I NEED HELP!!!!!!!! PLEASE SOMEONE HELPME RIGHT NOW IF YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : (

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Good book

    It is very good and easy for children 2 read easy 5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Grat book

    I did a report on him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Awesome

    This is a great book because without Ben Franklin we wouldn't have light and much more inventions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Grest

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Interesting

    It was interesting because Ben Franklin invented the glass harmonica, slong with so many other things. It is so awesomwly amazing!!!!

    OWEN M.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Love

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Hi

    Reading it for book report

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Ahgdv

    Was very fun and easy to read with alot of facts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Only got sample?HELP

    I did sample only to find out didnt even get to the table of contents. Hit buy & confirmed but cant find anything but the 5pg sample???

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Lexi

    Ben..?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Karlea to ben

    Wheres the book? Sorry i was guessing and i chose this book....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Christina

    Ben?. You still here?. /:

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Imari

    Iknw it....im not stupid...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Lantern

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Lexi

    :/ .. im so sorry.. i never wanted to hurt you..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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