What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

by Jean Fritz

Other authorsMargot Tomes (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1988


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J 92 Fra


Scholastic, New York (1988), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 48 pages


A brief biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

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LibraryThing member Kaylinn_Hall
This book is a great biography of Ben Franklin. It talks about Ben and how he grew up and discoved all his inventions.

I think this book is great, and discusses a great deal about all his inventions, and his life. I think that the children would really enjoy it.

I think that a great extension would
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be to perform a couple of science projects that deal with Ben's inventions. Another great extension would be to have the children create their own invention, and bring it to class to share.
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LibraryThing member meallen1
This book is informational because it is about the life of Benjamen Franklin. The art in this book is hand drawn illustrations. The content includes how Ben Franklin formed his ideas at an early age that turned into some of the greatest inventions known to man. The reading level is fifth grade. The
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curricular connection is history and science because it about inventions such as electricity.
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LibraryThing member LauraWade
What's the Big Idea...Ben Franklin is written by Jean Fritz. This is about the life story of Ben Frankin. About his many ideas and inventions.

This book is a great story about Ben franklin. I did not know that he had gave so much to America through his ideas and inventions. He had so many great
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I would like to read this book to my students. I think they would like this book and get ideas of their own. I could have my students write me a paper about something they would want to invent.
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LibraryThing member temorrison
I think that I'm becoming a big fan of Jean Fritz and her books. I also found this book to be a fun read while also being very informational. This book is a biography about Franklin in a fun and light sense. It discusses his early life, his influence on electricty, his interest and some other
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aspects of his life. This is great book to use to a young group of children to give them a common knowledge of a biography and the information that is suppose to be provided.
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LibraryThing member Necampos
Sometimes learning the history of particular people can be boring, but it is in the curriculum for students to learn. While learning about the great inventor Benjamin Franklin, this book would b a great way to bring some fun into learning. Great ideas were formed from Ben and it allows students to
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know that they too can dream and create things from their minds.
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LibraryThing member mdkladke
History was never fun for me as a student, but this book makes things more interesting. Ben Franklin had a lot of inventions and this book lets you know what is inventions were. This book makes learning about history a little more fun.
LibraryThing member Kimberly.Danielle
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? developed around Ben Franklin’s many ideas and inventions. Readers may already be familiar with Ben Franklin’s ideas and inventions such as Poor Richard’s Almanac, his help in drafting the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, and his
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discovery that lightening is a form of electricity, yet Fritz discovered many more of Franklin’s ideas and inventions such as he became the first post master of Philadelphia; he became a vegetarian to save money; and he invented a device to lock and unlock his door without getting out of bed.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
No matter how busy he was, Ben Franklin always found time to try out new ideas and he was also a man of many talents. He was also an ambassador to England, a printer, an almanac maker, a politician, and even a vegetarian (for a time). Reading level 4+.
LibraryThing member themulhern
Jean Fritz does her lively and weird biography of colonial American very nicely. Margot Tomes' illustrations go well with the text. They have an Edward Goreyish quality, no smiles. There are endnotes that give more detail about Franklin's life, such as the whole story of why he broke his
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apprenticeship and ran away to New York and then to Philadelphia.

The book makes use of an unwieldy apprenticeship metaphor, in which the American colonies are likened to a mistreated apprentice, which is mature and ready to set up on its own but which is prevented by mean-spirited Britain.
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160 p.; 7.4 inches


0590412051 / 9780590412056
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