How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688169937

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Ben Franklin was the most famous American in the entire world during colonial times. No wonder! After all, the man could do just about anything. Why, he was an author and an athlete and a patriot and a scientist and an inventor to boot. He even found a way to steal the lightning right out of the sky. Is such a thing possible? Is it. Take a look inside and find Ben busy at work on every spread. Then find out how he used his discovery about lightning to make people's lives safer. In an inventive way, Rosalyn Schanzer brings us a brilliant and ever-curious American original.

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780688169947

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Focuses on Benjamin Franklin's role as an inventor of whimsical gadgets and practical contraptions, with an emphasis on his experiment of flying a kite during a rainstorm.

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780688169930

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Ben Franklin was the most famous American in the entire world during colonial times. No wonder! After all, the man could do just about anything. Why, he was an author and an athlete and a patriot and a scientist and an inventor to boot. He even found a way to steal the lightning right out of the sky. Is such a thing possible? Is it. Take a look inside and find Ben busy at work on every spread. Then find out how he used his discovery about lightning to make people's lives safer. In an inventive way, Rosalyn Schanzer brings us a brilliant and ever-curious American original.

Becoming Ben Franklin

How a Candle-maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty

Author: Russell Freedman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780823423743

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 86

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Introduces the life of Benjamin Franklin, detailing how he left home at age seventeen to go to Philadelphia and went on to become an American icon and distinguished statesman, inventor, and scientist.

Stealing God's Thunder

Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod And the Invention of America

Author: Philip Dray

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812968107

Category: History

Page: 279

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A detailed portrait of Benjamin Franklin concentrates on his scientific experiments and discoveries and explores the implications of his empirical research and his revolutionary inventions for the evolution of American democracy.

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin

Author: Cheryl Harness

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426302978

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 47

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Presents a life of the American statesman who was a diplomat, postmaster, inventor, and revolutionary and played an integral part in the founding of the nation through his great writings and communication skills.

Bolt Of Fate

Benjamin Franklin And His Fabulous Kite

Author: Tom Tucker

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 0786739428

Category: History

Page: 304

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Every schoolchild in America knows that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm in the summer of 1752. Electricity from the clouds above traveled down the kite's twine and threw a spark from a key that Franklin had attached to the string. He thereby proved that lightning and electricity were one. What many of us do not realize is that Franklin used this breakthrough in his day's intensely competitive field of electrical science to embarrass his French and English rivals. His kite experiment was an international event and the Franklin that it presented to the world—a homespun, rural philosopher-scientist performing an immensely important and dangerous experiment with a child's toy—became the Franklin of myth. In fact, this sly presentation on Franklin's part so charmed the French that he became an irresistible celebrity when he traveled there during the American Revolution. The crowds and the journalists, and the ladies, cajoled the French powers into joining us in our fight against the British. What no one has successfully proven until now—and what few have suggested—is that Franklin never flew the kite at all. Benjamin Franklin was an enthusiastic hoaxer. And with the electric kite, he performed his greatest hoax. As Tucker shows, it was this trick that may have won the American Revolution.

Ben Franklin's Almanac

Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life

Author: Candace Fleming

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481417991

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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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 these truths to be self-evident"; and it was all in a day's work when he planted the first willow trees in America. Modeled on his own Poor Richard's Almanack, this unique scrapbook captures Franklin's countless accomplishments. Biography and anecdote, cartoon and etching mesh to create a fascinating portrait of this most fascinating man. Anyone interested in the birth of American democracy...or curious about the rise of the U.S. postal system...or wondering how paper money came to be...or wanting to know how Ben Franklin was part of it all, is sure to pore over Ben Franklin's Almanac.

Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom!

Author: Candace Fleming

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

ISBN: 1101934085

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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History meets hijinks in this first title in a hilarious new middle grade series for fans of Timmy Failure and The Terrible Two, when Ben Franklin accidentally time travels to a 10-year-old's home in 21st century America! Nolan is a typical kid living in a typical 21st century American town. Ben Franklin is, well, Ben Franklin—Founding Father, inventor of the lightning rod and bifocals, and more. When, through a bizarre set of circumstances, Nolan and his little sister, Olive, find Ben in their house, chaos isn't far behind. From introducing him to the toaster to taking him to the public library (another Ben invention) to preventing a nosy neighbor from blowing Ben's cover, Nolan does his best to be Ben's tour guide to the new world he helped form. With tons of funny illustrations throughout—plus graphic novel-style sections interspersed—readers will love adventuring alongside this awesome threesome. “What a smart, funny, action-adventure! This is bursting with great heart, fascinating history, and Ben Franklin’s stinky feet. I want more, more, more of this series.” —Jon Scieszka, author of the Frank Einstein series “This book is absolutely electric—inventive, funny, and fascinating! Ben Franklin himself would approve!” —Lincoln Peirce, author of the New York Times bestselling Big Nate series “This story is hilarious and heartfelt. Ben Franklin is the kind of friend any kid would like hanging out with—farts and all!” —Jeffrey Brown, author of the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series

I, Galileo

Author: Bonnie Christensen

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307974405

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Acclaimed author-illustrator Bonnie Christensen adopts the voice of Galileo and lets him tell his own tale in this outstanding picture book biography. The first person narration gives this book a friendly, personal feel that makes Galileo's remarkable achievements and ideas completely accessible to young readers. And Christensen's artwork glows with the light of the stars he studied. Galileo's contributions were so numerous—the telescope! the microscope!—and his ideas so world-changing—the sun-centric solar system!—that Albert Einstein called him "the father of modern science." But in his own time he was branded a heretic and imprisoned in his home. He was a man who insisted on his right to pursue the truth, no matter what the cost—making his life as interesting and instructive as his ideas.

Mama, I'll Give You the World

Author: Roni Schotter

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

ISBN: 0449811433

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Exquisite artwork and an exceptionally tender text showcase the special bond between a mother and her daughter. Every day after school, Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work—cutting, coloring, and curling customers' hair. Before they go home, Mama puts her tip money in a special envelope for Luisa—for college. She wants to give Luisa the world! But Luisa has a plan of her own. For Mama's birthday, Luisa wants to give Mama the world. . . . This touching story of a loving child and a single, hard-working mother is sure to be a favorite of families everywhere.

Mesmerized

How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France

Author: Mara Rockliff

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763663514

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 45

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A whimsical depiction of a true moment in history describes how the innovative American Founding Father used the scientific method to discern the practices of a famous Parisian magician. By the award-winning author of Me and Momma and Big John.

John Smith Escapes Again!

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780792259305

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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A fascinating biography of intrepid explorer and adventurer John Smith--a fighter who made several daring escapes, and a writer who brought the stories of colonial America to life--is published to coincide with the four-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.

Ben Franklin's Big Splash

The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Author: Barb Rosenstock

Publisher: Calkins Creek

ISBN: 9781620914465

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Retells the story of the famous thinker's first invention as a young Ben Franklin, troubled by the fact that fish swim better than he does, tries to invent a way to swim more fluidly.

My Little Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Author: Claudia Martin

Publisher: QEB Publishing

ISBN: 1609927893

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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What happens when a volcano erupts? What causes earthquakes? Can we predict earthquakes? My Little Book of... Volcanoes & Earthquakes answers all these questions and many more. Combining easy-to-read text with stunning photographs, learning about earthquakes and volcanoes has never been so much fun! Learn how and why volcanoes occur, the largest and most dangerous and how we try and live with earthquakes today. This series provides first introductions to key non-fiction topics and includes stunning photographs and bite-size chunks of easy-to-read text.

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin

Author: N.A

Publisher: Holiday House

ISBN: 9780823440573

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. He was the youngest son in a family of seventeen children. Benjamin loved books and reading, and he wrote poetry as a young boy. When he was twelve, he began working in his older brother's print shop. In 1728, Benjamin set up his own print shop in Philadelphia and published a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette. Once a year, he also printed Poor Richard's Almanack. Benjamin was a writer, scientist, inventor, and statesman. He invented the Franklin stove and the lightning rod. He helped to write the Declaration of Independence. He spent many years in England and France, working on behalf of the United States government. He is considered one of our greatest Americans.

Gold Fever!

Tales from the California Gold Rush

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426300400

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Uses lighthearted illustrations and excerpts from letters, journals, and newspaper articles to relate the story of the California Gold Rush of 1848.

Escaping to America

A True Story

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780688169893

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Tells how the author's family left difficult conditions in Poland to make a better life for themselves in America early in the twentieth century.