HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING by Rosalyn  Schanzer

HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of Davy Crockett Saves the World (2001) builds a convincing case for adding Ben Franklin to the pantheon of American tall-tale heroes. To comic scenes featuring a gnomic, potbellied Franklin jovially presenting various inventions, experiments, and incidents from his life, Schanzer adds a rousing litany of feats and abilities: “Why, Ben Franklin could swim faster, argue better, and write funnier stories than practically anyone in colonial America. He was a musician, a printer, a cartoonist and a world traveler!” And “he really did steal lightning right out of the sky! And then he set out to tame the beast.” How? With a series of experiments, including the famous one with the kite—luckily, the storm wasn’t a severe one, or “the great inventor would have been toast”—and then the introduction of the lightning rod, which has saved thousands of lives over the years. Capped by an afterword that adds even more luster to Franklin’s career, this effervescent tribute will give legions of young readers a peerless role model, whose actual, well-documented deeds need no exaggeration. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-688-16993-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2002




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