Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert ByrdIn this informative book all about the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin, author Robert Byrd uses text and vibrant art to show the many ways Ben Franklin contributed to American history. He was a printer, writer, publisher, inventor, and founding Father of the new American nation. Most famous for his interest in electricity, Ben was also a man with many other interests.
This book was an honor recipient of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. Recommended for grades K-3, students will find the very detailed illustrations with captions interesting and informative. Broken up into several parts of Franklins life, from early years to his scientific discoveries, to his more philosophical years, this book is filled with many colorful illustrations. Used in a classroom, I think this book would be best suited for children in second grade and up, and read over the course of several days, as each two page spread is filled with many facts that may overwhelm younger students.
Great Minds: Benjamin Franklin: Founding Nerd
View All Announcements. A common mistake made by many is the assumption that Benjamin Franklin was President of the United States. The fact is, unlike his contemporaries George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams , Franklin never held the office of the presidency. Among his many other talents, Benjamin Franklin was a skilled chess player. When his brother refused, Ben assumed a false identity of a widow named Silence Dogood and subsequently started writing letters in her name.
Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father and a polymath, inventor, scientist, printer, politician, freemason and diplomat. Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. Franklin was born on January 17, , in Boston, in what was then known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Franklin was his 15th child and youngest son. James grew angry, however, when he learned that his apprentice had penned the letters.
Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist , politician, Freemason , postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod , bifocals , and the Franklin stove , among other inventions. Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity , initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager , "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat. Franklin became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies, publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette at the age of
Youthful adventures (1723–26)
One of the foremost of the Founding Fathers , Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers, represented the United States in France during the American Revolution , and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He made important contributions to science , especially in the understanding of electricity , and is remembered for the wit, wisdom, and elegance of his writing. Benjamin Franklin was born the 10th son of the 17 children of a man who made soap and candles , one of the lowliest of the artisan crafts. Benjamin Franklin was a printer, publisher, author, inventor, scientist, and diplomat. Benjamin Franklin made important scientific contributions regarding the nature of electricity.