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Ben Franklin and His First Kite (Childhood of Famous Americans)

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Ten-year-old Ben Franklin finds working in his father's candle shop boring -- he'd much rather be doing experiments. He can't wait to try out his latest idea. With nothing but a simple kite, can Ben get across the pond -- without swimming a single stroke?
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published January 28th 2007 by Fitzgerald Books (first published January 2002)
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Ryan Hercik
Title: Ben Franklin and His First Kite
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Bert Dodson
Genre: Biography K-2
Theme(s): Science, invention, experimentation, social studies, colonial times, culture, and diversity.
Opening line/sentence: Ten-year-old Benjamin Franklin was hard at work in his father’s candle shop.
Brief Book Summary: A young Ben Franklin works in his father’s candle shop but does not enjoy it. He always looks forward to going home to invent and experiment with new things. His friends conv
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Haley Barbour
Title: Ben Franklin and His First Kite
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Bert Dodson
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): History
Opening line/sentence: Ten-year-old Benjamin Franklin was hard at work in his fathers candle shop.
Brief Book Summary: This book from the Ready-to-read series informs readers on Ben Franklin. However, unlike most books this book focuses on Ben when he was only 10 years old working in his father’s candle shop. While working in his father’s shop, Ben often experiments, and his late
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Meltha
Mar 22, 2016 Meltha rated it liked it
Shelves: class-texts, 2014, bio, history
It's cute. This is young Ben, maybe about 10 or so, and the kite incident is not the one you think it is; that doesn't happen for about thirty or more years. The illustrations are engaging and generally correct for the time period, there's a good chronology of Franklin's life at the end of the book, and it's interesting to see old Benjy playing as a kid while still conducting an experiment (and swimming, something he took very seriously as an adult and advocated for rather fiercely). Is this a ...more
Mary
Jan 12, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
An easy-to-read fictionalized story about a ten-year-old Ben Franklin and an experiment with a kite. There is a timeline of his life and a note saying that this book is based on a story about Franklin, but there are no resources given. This is part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series and is a good introduction to historical fiction.
Lindy
Jul 04, 2009 Lindy rated it liked it
Shelves: with-the-kids
My kids love any book that personalizes American heros. We also love books that introduce us to the people we admire in an informal manner. This one fits the bill.
Fredrick Danysh
May 14, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
As a boy, Ben Franklin prepares to conduct an experiment using a swimming hole and a kite. His friends urge him on as he tries to get the kite to pull him across the water.
Sheila
Sep 25, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
An interesting children's story about Benjamin Franklin as a child, and how he liked to try out experiments. A nice way for children to learn some history.
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