WHAT IS PAPA UP TO NOW? by Miriam Anne Bourne

WHAT IS PAPA UP TO NOW?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another famous man--Ben Franklin--seen through his daughter's eyes, though not in the diary format of Bourne's older books on Washington, Jefferson, and Adams. Sally Franklin watches her father playing with spark-producing glass rods (""like a child with a new toy""), tinkering with Leyden jars, inventing the battery, killing the Christmas turkey ""with electric fire,"" getting in trouble with mother for using her spoons and salt shakers in experiments, and flying his famous kite in the storm. Sally herself gets into the act when her sewing needle attracts an electric charge, inspiring Father's invention of the lightning rod. Gackenbach's Franklin is a suitably addled projection of Bourne's ""Papa"" who is ""always up to something""; if his flyaway illustrations are a bit cute at times they are more in tune with Bourne's one-note characterization than is her own primerish style.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1977
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan