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THE REMARKABLE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Cheryl Harness

THE REMARKABLE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

By Cheryl Harness (Author) , Cheryl Harness (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Dec. 6th, 2005
ISBN: 0-7922-7882-8
Publisher: National Geographic

Harness takes Franklin from a “sick-of-soap-and-candles, sea-hankering boy” to contented, renowned old age, retracing well-traveled territory but slipping in frank acknowledgements that his first son was illegitimate and his other children born of a common-law marriage. Primarily, however, she includes an admiring recitation of his better-known political, civic and scientific successes. She packs her busy paintings with figures—many of whom glance out invitingly at viewers—in rumpled 18th-century dress, but only occasionally adds the distracting labels that mar many of her other outings. Replete with pithy quotes and closing with a lengthy, wide-ranging timeline, this tribute kicks off what is likely to be a national celebration of Franklin’s tercentenary on a strong, sure note. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)