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Who Was Ben Franklin? First Edition
Contributor(s): Fradin, Dennis B., O'Brien, John (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0448424959     ISBN-13: 9780448424958
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2002

Annotation: Full of the details kids want to know, the true story of Ben Franklin is by turns funny and sad, but always honest and inspiring. Illustrations.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Statesmen; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Scientists; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Inventors; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography
Dewey: 973.3/092
LCCN: 2002280612
Lexile Measure: 600
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Who Was...?
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 12 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 57659
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q33503
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall)
The fast-paced biographies in this series do a good job of revealing the personalities and significant achievements of their subjects. Plentiful black-and-white illustrations and simple prose make the books particularly appealing to reluctant readers, and the brief sidebars never overwhelm the main texts. Each volume has two timelines--one for the subjectÆs life, the other listing concurrent world events. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]Who Was Albert Einstein?, Who Was Ben Franklin?, Who Was Sacagawea?, Who Was Annie Oakley?[cf1].] Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 March)
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.
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