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The remarkable Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness

Label
The remarkable Benjamin Franklin
Title
The remarkable Benjamin Franklin
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As author Cheryl Harness points out, no one could have thought up a more amazing character than the living, breathing Benjamin Franklin. He was everything from a "soap maker, candle dipper, and printer" to a "postmaster, political activist, community reformer, revolutionary, statesman, international diplomat, and first great citizen of a nation which he, as much or more than anyone, helped to create." Readers quickly learn that the story of this Founding Father is quite different from the likes of Washington and Jefferson. The tenth child of a candle maker and his wife, Benjamin's formal education ended at an early age, but his quest for knowledge never did. Readers see how the hard-knock days of his youth gave him a very down-to-earth outlook on life, which he shared in his Poor Richard's Almanack and which inspired practical inventions, such as the Franklin stove and bifocals. His experiments with electricity earned him the title Dr. Franklin and brought him fame, especially in Europe where he was a sought-after guest in the parlors of kings and queens. Readers will discover how his French connections helped America win the Revolutionary War and become an independent nation. The lively narrative and vivid artwork throughout the book make readers feel they are part of the story. As they tag along on the many exploits of Ben Franklin's 84-year-long life, they not only get to know a unique and truly remarkable American hero but also to witness life throughout most of the 18th century. Here is a sample of what they will see and learn at various stages along the way: As a young boy Ben teaches himself to swim, something few Americans at the time knew how to do. To make himself go faster, like a "sturdy, brown-haired fish," he makes wooden flippers for his hands and attaches himself to a kite that pulls him through the water. As a teenager Ben runs away from his job as an apprentice in his older brother's print shop, sells some books for money, and set out to begin a new life. He finds himself alone and penniless in London on Christmas Eve! On a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean he becomes the first person to record the temperatures of the Gulf Stream. At the age of 30 he owns his own print shop, edits his own newspaper, is the father of two sons, the bestselling author of Poor Richard's Almanack, founder of a library and volunteer fire department, Colonial Assembly Clerk, and town postmaster
Summary
Presents a life of the American statesman who was a diplomat, postmaster, inventor, and revolutionary and played an integral part in the founding of the nation through his great writings and communication skills
Writing style
Illustration
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
201390
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harness, Cheryl
Dewey number
  • 973.3/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Grades 4-6
Interest level
Grades 5-8
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
H315 2005
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
970
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 4
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
B Franklin Har
Reading level
6.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Statesmen
  • Scientists
  • Inventors
  • Printers
  • Statesmen
  • Scientists
  • Inventors
  • Printers
  • Inventors
  • Printers
  • Scientists
  • Statesmen
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The remarkable Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm56413101
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780792278825
Lccn
2004020504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)56413101
Label
The remarkable Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm56413101
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780792278825
Lccn
2004020504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)56413101

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