The Amazing Mr. Franklin
or The Boy Who Read Everything
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin was an important statesman, inventor, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. But did you know he started the first library in America for the public good?
Ben Franklin was always a “bookish” boy. He was born in 1706, the seventh of ten children of a candlemaker. The first book he read was the Bible at age five, and then every printed word in his father’s small home library. Ben wanted to read more, but books were expensive. He wanted to go to school and learn more, but his family needed him to work. Ben Franklin had lots of ideas about how to turn his love of reading and learning into something more. First he worked as a printer’s apprentice, then he set up his own printing business. Later he became the first bookseller in Philadelphia, started a newspaper, published Poor Richard’s Almanac, and in 1731, with the help of his friends, organized the first subscription lending library, the Library Company.
Ruth Ashby’s fast-paced biography takes young readers through Franklin’s life from his spirited, rebellious youth through his successful career as an inventor and politician and finally to the last years of his life surrounded by his personal collection of books. Ashby demonstrates how Franklin’s love of books and desire for knowledge was the foundation of all his great accomplishments.
Total Pages: 144
Size: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
Age Range: 7 – 10
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“…this well-designed, small-format biography gives equal weight to [Franklin’s] youthful experiences and accomplishments… Ashby’s lively narrative account clearly shows how he earned international respect not only as a scientist, writer, statesman, and wit but also as the inventor of the Franklin stove, bifocals, and the lightning rod… an attractive and highly readable account of Franklin’s life.” ―Booklist
“…Ashby’s clearly written narrative… flows smoothly and will hold the interest of children… This small-format book will appeal to children who have read brief accounts of Franklin’s life and would like to know more about him.” ―School Library Journal
“A delightful account of the life of Ben Franklin…Interesting anecdotal stories fill the pages and keep the story interesting and compelling to read.” ―ACS Reader’s Haven blog
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―NCSS/CBC 2005
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2005
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Meet the Author
Ruth Ashby is the award-winning author of dozens of nonfiction and fiction books for juvenile readers. She lives in New York.