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Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life

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"What good shall I do today?"
How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding the famous words, "We hold
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Neat way to show his life story. Written much like a newspaper he would have printed. Interesting and weird facts: He never actually married his wife, lived as common law husband and wife. Did many different jobs/careers in his life: printer, scientist, politician, writer, ambassador, and probably others. Treated some people well, other not. Did many great things for his children and grandchildren. Did not believe women should be educated.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
Don't let the staid cover fool you for a minute. Ben Franklin had the kind of life that can't help but be fascinating on paper anyway, but the author uses a really creative format here and presents his life in the style of articles such as would appear in publications that Franklin himself would put out. Though the book is crammed with material with primary sources the man and his exploits lend themselves to a slight gossipiness at times. This is juicy stuff, and the author doesn't let Franklin ...more
Richie Partington
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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02 July 2003 BEN FRANKLIN'S ALMANAC: BEING A TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE GOOD GENTLEMAN'S LIFE by Candace Fleming, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, September 2003, ISBN 0-689-83549-3

"Ben's Rules for Being a Better Writer
"Everyone, Ben believed, had a need to communicate well. Over the years he developed and stuck to these writing rules.
"Good writing should be smooth, clear, and short, and the art of saying little in much must be avoided at all costs. In written discourse, every needless thing gives offense a
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot about this great founding father from reading this book. Lots of good information is presented in an entertaining style. Both adults and children will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Arden Dandrea
Ben Franklin’s Almanac is a one of a kind look into the life of America’s genius. The format and layout is like nothing I have ever seen before. By creating a scrapbook complete with newspapers, articles, clippings, ads, and pictures I was fully immersed in the life of Ben Franklin. This format makes non-fiction appealing to many readers. I find non-fiction boring and overwhelming, but I ate this book up. By building the plot of Ben Franklin’s life with additional visual aids, the author has mad ...more
Carol Albert
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love young adult nonfiction books because I can gather good information on a topic so quickly. That is the case with this one. The book is formatted like an almanac, which is one of the zillion things Ben Franklin created in his lifetime. It is a perfect format for learning about Ben Franklin because he did so much that I don't think all this cool stuff could possibly be included in a narrative. The book is over-sized. Each page has 2 or 3 entries and plenty of illustrations from the period. O ...more
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This is a picture book intended for older readers, most likely grades 5 and up. Fleming organizes biographical information about Ben Franklin in a unique and non-linear way, and balances the substantial amount of text with historical illustrations and photos of artifacts belonging to or created by Franklin. The high quality of information about Benjamin Franklin through his inventions, personality, family/social life, and political influence is deeply explored with several primary sources q
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Tells in a fun format about the many sides of this wonderful man: father, scientist, inventor, printer, writer, philosopher, and founding father. I am amazed at how much this one person contributed to society, from founding a better postal system, a school, a firehouse and the first lending library, to his experiments with electricity and also being the one responsible for America's invaluable alliance with France during the Revolutionary War.

This book is visually engaging and tells also lesser
Tom Stamper
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read the autobiography and two other in-depth Franklin books and yet there were tidbits here that were new or weren't as memorable in other accounts. The general thread is taking Franklin's own writings and weaving them through his life story. It's a bit of a gimmick and it doesn't always work within the story the author is trying to tell, but the results are very entertaining. There is plenty of bawdy Franklin along with the frugal one.

This would be a great first Franklin book. I would st
Like has been mentioned with the author's other biographical books in this "scrapbook" style, this life story of Benjamin Franklin was easy to follow, interesting, and could be read either straight-through as a whole book, or each specific section of interest could easily be read separately. I found myself commenting out loud often: "he lived there?!?" and "he did that??" I was impressed with the obvious amount of research Fleming did into Franklin's fascinating life, and even more impressed wit ...more
Taylor Pettie
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an excellent book from Ben Franklin. It contains countless accomplishments, American democracy, U.S. Postal system, and so much more within this almanac! I really enjoy the way the book presents the information as if it is a newspaper with illustrations!
Elizabeth Cook
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in Benjamin Franklin's life or that time period. The newspaper style makes it easy to read for short periods at a time. I would recommend it for 5th graders and up. ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun book...written in an easy to read style. The kids love the small articles about his life...even the most abstract ones....such as a smelling potion so that every man could" Fart proudly." Boys thought that was awesome. ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot about Ben Franklin's life reading this book. I really like all the primary documents and the "scrapbook" format of the book. ...more
Debby Baumgartner
Great presentation of this famous American's life, Ben Franklin. ...more
Rereading for Guys Read Book Club, November, 2013.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book about Ben Franklin's life. Drawing from his writings, and accomplishments, Fleming creates a great homage to Franklin. ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting book. Ben Franklin has a lot to teach us...still. I felt like I got bored at some points...but all in all, some great principles on how to be more self-driven.
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