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Benjamin Franklin (DK Biography)

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Filled with archival photographs and amazing fact boxes, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters. "DK Biography: Benjamin Franklin" tells the story of the famous statesman's remarkable life, from his early childhood and upbringing through his scientific experiments, his politically active years in ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
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Ben Poole
Nov 30, 2015 Ben Poole rated it really liked it
Benjamin Franklin born January 17,1706 was a very talented man being an author, publisher, philosopher, scientist, and diplomat. Being the eighth child in the Franklin family he was one of many children that belonged to the Franklin family. As he progressed and matured in his childhood he later found work at his older brother’s printing shop, but one day Franklin had ran away to Philadelphia in order to seek a fortune. As a merchant he worked with Denham who later fell ill and died. This left F ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
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Biography, Benjamin Franklin by Stephen Krensky. The author's goal is to tell the story Benjamin
Franklin beginning from when he was born in Boston Massachusetts 1706 and all the thing he did and invented to when he died in 1790.
Mar 08, 2014 Janel rated it really liked it
I thought I would despise reading this with fourth graders, as the text is very, very complex and the background knowledge required is immense, but it was actually quite an enjoyable read. Made me want to watch 1776 again and sing along with ol Franklin... such a cool guy!
Sep 06, 2015 Jay rated it liked it
Overall, a good read to start an exploration of this remarkable man. However, it concentrated more on the political side of his achievements and glossed over many of his more important inventions, many of which we still use today.
Tavaris Scott
Feb 06, 2012 Tavaris Scott rated it it was amazing
This Book is tremendously good and very supportive on details. I relly enjoyed the book. its nice to know how he was smarter then his older brother ,and has worked in a family business with his father. This book really caputured my attention and gae me a wery good image in my head,certainy when sailed out on his own to Peenslyvania and became a worker for a man that didin't really know about his own business,b?c it connected veery well with the image in my head insted of skipping beats.I really ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read (probably 2 hours total) and very informative. I enjoyed the overview of such a long and full life. It is a book intended for youth, so they left out most of the controversial stuff, I'd like to do some more research on that on my own. I really loved the emphasis on self education. Benjamin Franklin was a working class man who just went out and seized the world through his diligence and hard work.

Some of the modern view of the founding fathers of America is that they w
Takuya Kitaura
Jun 07, 2013 Takuya Kitaura rated it really liked it
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7 word summary Benjamin-Boston-copy shop-went-Paris-discovered-a lightning rod
Discussion question
Benjamin tried to do new things such as science. Then he discovered.

Have you ever tried to do anything on your own?

Yes, I have. I often do anything with my friend. However, sometimes I must do anything on my own. I tried to take a official approval on my own. Now I am planning to take German test.

I read biography for the first time. This bo
Feb 25, 2009 Vida rated it liked it
The DK Biography series is a treat. I now remember aspects about Ben Franklin's life and background that I had forgotten. I read his biography about 15 years ago, but that is a long time to not read anything about this special man. I remembered how much I admired him and his revolutionary spirit. Stephen Krensky does a fine job sorting through the many significant aspects of Franklin's life. The paintings and photographs of Franklin and his family and authentic relics from his era add depth. I h ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Hannah rated it it was ok
it was ok it had a lot of war and what happened in his life and there was a ton of war.
Feb 20, 2016 Yahya rated it really liked it
It was a great biography about Benjamin Franklin I learned many new things about Franklin that I didn't know before.
Apr 12, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed learning about Benjamin Franklin. He was undeterred as he tried new scientific experiments and discoveries and with helping form our nation. He was very down to Earth and realistic about the problems each nation was facing during this period of history. This book didn't explain much about his home life and I would have liked to learn more about that part of his life, however, as far as our country is concerned he was a great leader and I feel indebted to him for his contribution ...more
Marcia First
Nov 18, 2009 Marcia First rated it liked it
Genre: Biography

This book gives a good overview of Benjamin Franklin's life. It especially focuses on his strong work ethic and curiousity. He is portrayed as an man of remarkable intellegence who continuously sought to answer the questions he had about the world - a fascinating person. This whetted my appetite for reading more about Benjamin Franklin.
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Sep 17, 2008 Katieb (MundieMoms) rated it really liked it
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This is one of those great books that younger kids can read that is full of facts and stories about one of our fonding fore fathers. I've been trying to grow both my collection of books and ones for the kids for when they start reading. I just can't seem to get enough about our fonding forefathers. They're amazing men!
Dec 08, 2010 tinabot rated it it was amazing
This book is great for around 4th grade with teacher guidance and around 5th independent. I like Benjamin Franklin even though he doesn't like Asians ><
Andy Ly
Sep 21, 2011 Andy Ly rated it liked it
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This book is all about Benjamin Franklin, it gives very supportive details and describes how Benjamin work his way as a president!
May 23, 2009 ashley rated it really liked it
i have to read this book for a book report or i wouldn't be reading it.
Kenneth Flusche
Nov 09, 2013 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing
excelant elementary school biography
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