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The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin

by James Cross Giblin; Michael Dooling

  Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience  |  1st ed

The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin   (2007-09-17)

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James Cross GiblinNew York: Scholastic Press, 2000This biography is a personal favorite; an exemplar of a great children’s biography. It possesses an ample historical treatment of the subject, with a compelling narrative. Several facets of Franklin’s character and personality are illustrated through discussions of his business practices, scientific and political activities, the tragic loss of a child, family disputes, and even his dalliances with several women while away from his wife for extended periods in France. The story, and accompanying illustrations, do an admirable job of giving one a sense of the pace and texture of life in 18th century colonial America. This is seen, for example, in the description of his arduous five day journey from New York to Philadelphia to find work, after fighting with his brother, and failing to find opportunities in Boston printshops. Similarly, there is the matter of fact telling of a two month trip across the Atlantic in a sailing ship. Includes a chronology of important dates, excerpts from Poor Richard’s Almanack, a detailed description of his many inventions, a listing of historical sites, bibliography, source notes, and an index.

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