Theresa Reifon's Reviews > Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
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Format/Length: Chapter Book; 114 pages

Theme(s): Helping other, Importance of Self, Friendship, Use of Imagination, Value of Everything

Story begins with a narrator telling the "true story of Be Franklin." The narrator is a very close companion of Ben Franklin, one who lives inside his house and has his very own passenger seat in Ben's fur hat. The narrator is a mouse name Amos, which I absolutely love the way Lawson used personification to catch the readers attention. It makes the readers want to hear more from the mouse. Amos claims to be the brain behind all of Ben's inventions and ideas. I was engaged with this text from beginning to end and so were the 5th graders that I used it with. It was a very fun and engaging read. I feel that this text works as a great supplemental text alongside an informational/nonfiction book about Benjamin Franklin.

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