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Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activitiesby Brandon Marie Miller
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Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old runaway when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1723. Yet within days hed found a job at a local print shop, met the woman he would eventually marry, and even attracted the attention of Pennsylvanias governor. A decade later, he became a colonial celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and would go on to become one of Americas most distinguished Founding Fathers. Franklin established the colonies first lending library, volunteer fire company, and postal service, and was a leading expert in the study of electricity. He represented the Pennsylvania colony in London but returned to help draft the Declaration of Independence. The new nation then named him Minister to France, where he helped secure financial and military aide for the breakaway republic.Author Brandon Marie Miller captures the essence of this exceptional individual through both his original writings and hands-on activities from the era. Readers will design and print an almanac cover, play a simple glass armonica (a Franklin invention), experiment with static electricity, build a barometer, and more. The text also includes a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.
Capturing the essence of this exceptional individual through his original writings and hands-on activities from his era, this resource tells the rich story of one of America's most celebrated Founding Fathers. Beginning with his time as a young printer, this engaging narrative details how Benjamin Franklin became a celebrity with the publication of Poor Richard: An Almanack and how he founded the colonies' first lending library, volunteer fire company, and postal service. Additionally, his life in science is also highlighted, from his 1751 book Experiments and Observations on Electricity to his proof a year later that lightning was an electrical discharge. Activities range from designing and printing an almanac cover and playing a simple glass armonica (a Franklin invention) to experimenting with static electricity and building a barometer. The text also features a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.
Miller captures the essence of this exceptional individual through both his original writings and hands-on activities from the era. Readers can design and print an almanac cover, play a simple glass armonica (a Franklin invention), and experiment with static electricity. Illustrations.
For ages 8 and up
Anne Frank loved to play tennis and swim. She enjoyed being with her friends in school and couldnand#8217;t resist chattering during class. But, tragically, Anne was growing up in Holland during the Second World War, when all European Jews lived in grave danger. When Dutch Jews were forced to leave their homes, Anne and her family found a hiding place.
Anne kept a diary in which she described the two years of their secret life. After the war ended, the diary was found and published. Her innocent account of the horrors of war was widely read, and it touched readers all over the world. This biography tells about Anneand#8217;s family and their lives before the Second World War, the Nazi persecution of Jews, and Anneand#8217;s years in hiding.
Johanna Hurwitzand#8217;s readable, direct style enables young readers to share Anneand#8217;s childhood dreams and to feel the tension of the years that followed. The realistic black-and-white drawings by Vera Rosenberry bring Anne Frank even closer to readersand#8217; hearts.
About the Author
Brandon Marie Miller is the author of Declaring Independence, George Washington for Kids, Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation, and Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land.
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