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Ben Franklin: Young Printer (Childhood of Famous Americans)

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One of the most popular series ever published for young American's, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies - easily read by children of eight and up - today's youngster is swept into history.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 31st 1986 by Aladdin (first published January 29th 1983)
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This book, part of the series Childhood of Famous Americans, is a simple story about Benjamin Franklin when he was a young boy. His family, led by his candle-maker father, is a large one without a lot of money, but is portrayed as loving and warm. We learn that Benjamin was very bright when he was young, and his family didn't have a lot of money and couldn't afford to send him to school until his father got a contract to sell candles to the city. He is sent to a couple different schools, has all ...more
Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson is definitely for a younger age level than either Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia [by Margaret Cousins] or Benjamin Franklin [by Deborah Kent]. Not only does it require a less mature comprehension, but it also focuses on incidents more likely to interest a young audience.

Ben’s childhood is, of course, the focus of this book, but Ben’s childhood was remarkable. Not only was he a self-motivated learner from his earliest days, but he also had a remarkable cap
This easy read story helps us to understand Benjamin Franklin's hunger for knowledge. He wanted to know how and why things happen. He wanted to be proficient in as many lines of work as he could and did not want to be tied down to one occupation. As an apprentice printer, he found that he could help others learn through his writing. He used his experiences of his youth to become a author, scientist, inventor, statesman, and patriot.
Jun 07, 2009 Ms. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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as you all know, this is all about Ben Franklin and his family.When ben was young,he was still very smart.In matter of fact,when he was in his40's, poeple said he was almost as great as great as George washington.If you want to find alot of info on Ben, look at this book!
Extremly entertaining! my little sister who does not read ofter was loving this book so i sat down for an hour and read it. verry short and interesting to learn of the childhood Benjamin Franklin. I would recomend for any child to read.
We read this book in out Knights and Ladies of Liberty class. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. A very easy read, but gives you a lot of ideas for games and activities to incorporate into a class of 11 kids.
Angie Libert
Nevada's sayings BEN Franklin is amazing book.sad that his parents were so protective and did not let him see the world.

favorite Quote
a man has to be honest
if he wants the respect of others
A great book about Benjamin Franklin! My son's book, we both very much enjoyed it. There was SO much information presented in a great manner, I couldn't put it down.:)
i'd be curious to read this now, forty years after i originally read it. wonder what the history in the book is like, do remember that i preferred "ben and me".
I tought it was OK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I remember staying up all night and reading this with a flashlight when I was younger!
Cordellya Smith
This is a very informative book on the life of young Benjamin Franklin.
Serenity Kosorok
A great book!!!!!!
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