Benjamin Franklin (History Maker Bios Series)

Benjamin Franklin (History Maker Bios Series)


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True or false?
Benjamin Franklin's choice for the national symbol of the United States was the bald eagle.

He thought the turkey was a braver bird!

  • He invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, and a new kind of eyeglasses.
  • He convinced France to help the American colonies fight for independence.
  • He was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

    Benjamin Franklin made history!

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780760728284
    Publisher: Barnes & Noble
    Publication date: 12/17/2001
    Series: History Maker Bios Series
    Pages: 47
    Sales rank: 1,255,486
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
    Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

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    Benjamin Franklin (History Maker Bios Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    jcjd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    The author, Victoria Sherrow, has written a wonderful biography about Benjamin Franklin. She has covered his whole life with simple text in order for students in the second through fourth grades to better comprehend all the facts. Even the early primary grades, if read to, would walk away from this story with a knowledgeable sense of who Benjamin Franklin is. Benjamin Franklin was the fifteenth out of seventeen children. He was born on January 17, 1706. He lived with his family in Boston, the biggest city at that time. She takes you back in time to when he was a little boy who loved to listen to adult conversations. He did not go to school until the age of seven. His father believed Ben would make a good preacher. So Ben was sent to a very good school where he was one of the best students. However, the next year his father decided he could no longer afford this school and Ben was sent to another school where he struggled with math. Ben was later taken out of this school to work in his father¿s shop making candles and soaps. He was not very happy working there. He wanted to travel, but his father told him no. Benjamin taught himself through books he would read at night by the candles that did not sell in his father¿s shop. Besides reading, Ben enjoyed being outside. He liked swimming, fishing, and boating. He built a boat with his friend by using old scraps from other boats. The author pulls interesting side notes about Ben¿s life that add flavor throughout the story. In 1718 at the age of twelve, Ben decided to work as an apprentice under his brother James who ran a newspaper. Ben would set up the type, run the press and sell the papers. He so much wanted to write for the paper, but thought his brother wouldn¿t let him. He slipped his written letters under James¿s office door under the name of Mrs. Silence Dogood. The letters were about life in Boston and made fun of the British government. When Ben¿s brother found out he was the one writing the letters, Ben left and ran away to New York City at the age of seventeen. Ben could not find work in New York so he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was able to find a job in a printing shop and earned enough money to pay rent. By the age of twenty-three, he opened his own printing press and published a paper called the Pennsylvania Gazette. He then met Debroah Read and married her in 1730. They had two children, William and Franky. Ben still had a passion for reading and came up with the idea of the first library, where people could become a member by paying a fee then they would be able to borrow the books for free. The author talks about many of Benjamin Franklin¿s accomplishments not just the main ones. She goes on to talk about an almanac he wrote in 1732. This book contains recipes, poems, jokes, predictions, and advice. His almanac encouraged many people to live a good life. He also kept a journal in which he wrote about his successes and about his failures. He was always thinking about how he could make this world a ¿better place¿. One of the examples stated in the book; ¿Franklin paid to have one street paved.¿ Then the people of Philadelphia decided to pay a tax to have the other roads paved. Ben also helped to create a volunteer firefighting team, a police force, he helped to build schools and hospitals. He then became a part of the government and was able to partake in law making. Benjamin Franklin doesn¿t stop there. At the age of thirty-one, in 1737, he became postmaster and was in charge of the city¿s mail. He created a new school which later became the first university, University of Pennsylvania. The next phase of his life was an inventing time. He invented a stove, oil burning candles and a musical instrument called the glass armonica. One of his most famous attributes was his experiments with lighting. He believed that lighting had an electric spark. He built a kite an attached a key to the bottom of the kite¿s s