Now available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling tell the story of the man known as the "wisest American."
Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children, and the youngest of 10 sons. To help out with the family, he was put to work when he was 10 years old in his father's candle and soap-making shop. Ben hated making soap and candles. Since he was smart and a good speller and he loved to read, he later went to work in his brother's print shop as an apprentice. He read book after book, and soon began to write himself. By 18, he moved to Philadelphia where he eventually openend his own print shop. By age 28 he published "Poor Richard's Almanac," a best seller in Colonial America.
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Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book summarizes the major events of Ben Franklin's life and career. In a short space, it manages to describe the many facets of his career, many of his accomplishments, the turmoil in the colonies as the Revolution approached and even the turbulent relationship with his son. The watercolor illustrations are clearly geared to an older, more serious audience. There is a surprising amount of detail about the Revolution, which reveals an evolution in the colonies' frustrations until they decided to revolt. The fact that Franklin's son remained a loyalist also demonstrates this complexity. It does include enough detail from his early life so one can see the rags-to-riches story. What I found disappointing about this book is that it is utterly devoid of humor. Very funny episodes from the Autobiography are presented as dry facts. While readers will certainly come to understand many of Franklin's great accomplishments, I fear they will miss much of what made him human and accessible. This book is geared towards grades 5 to 7.
Giblin does another excellent job, telling Franklin's lifestory from boyhood to old age. Interesting tidbits; he was apprenticed to an older brother, James, in the prinitng business, but they became rivals. When Ben wanted to look for a job in another printing shop, James kept other printers from hiring him in Boston. So, Ben left town and took up residence in Philadelphia.Ben helped his only son to secure the governorship of New Jersey, but when things got bad between Great Britian and the States and choices had to be made, they ended up on opposite sides and never did resolve their differences.Ben spent many years in London as the representative of the States, but his wife, Deborah Read, would not board ships, and as a result they spent at least 15 years apart.The book features a timeline, a list of Franklin's inventions, Sayings from the Poor Richard's Almanack, a list of historic sites associated with Ben, a bibliography, index, and author's notes.Wonderful illustrations that pull the reader into the book.