Monday, July 8, 2013

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Author & Illustrator:  Robert Byrd
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Year:  2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:  Sibert honor, Horn Book Best Nonfiction, Kirkus Best Book,

Summary: A biography of the founding father Benjamin Franklin with a great deal of text, obviously intended for older readers. In the four columns per spread, the story of Franklin's life and accomplishments is told in details. The writer tries to capture Franklin's personality and character through the anecdotes and events from his life. The layout of the book is referential of early newspapers  of the Revolutionary time with inset quotations from Franklin's writings and full-color captioned sketches. There are so many places here for young readers to stop and stare and study the details.

Classroom Ideas: Class study of the American Revolution, founding fathers, and Franklin.

Extras:The endpapers contain many of Franklin's famous sayings, an author's note with information about how Byrd chose the stories in the book and how he would create the pictures, a comprehensive timeline, and a bibliography

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