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 Who was Ben Franklin? (Who Was?)
 Author: Fradin, Dennis B.

 Publisher:  Grosset & Dunlap (2002)

 Dewey: 973.3
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 105 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 349856 ISBN: 9780448424958
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790

Price: $15.44

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.

 Illustrator: O'Brien, John
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 57659
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 33503

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

   School Library Journal (03/02)
   Booklist (-) (03/01/02)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2002 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. - Copyright 2002 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2002 Few historic figures have led a life as varied and interesting as Benjamin Franklin's. From chasing a twister to helping write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Franklin's career was anything but dry and dusty. But in an attempt to make the fascinating material readable for third-graders, Fradin has sacrificed his usual smooth writing style. Here, the sentences are choppy, abrupt, and frequently interrupted by drawings. The sequence of events wanders considerably, as well, which will make it difficult for younger students to follow along. The cover is comically enticing, and there are plenty of small, lively, black-and-white sketches, including scenes from the text and labeled diagrams of typesetting. A time line is appended, but there are no notes, bibliography, or index. This is only for libraries needing additional material. - Copyright 2002 Booklist.

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