Synopses & Reviews
What do libraries, streetlights, and fire stations have in common? What about bifocal lenses and the odometer? Sayings like and#147;haste makes waste?and#8221; Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents: a scientist who experimented with electricity; a diplomat who served as envoy to France and negotiated peace with England; a mapmaker, printer, and writer famous for his Poor Richardand#8217;s Almanack. He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and established Americaand#8217;s first hospital. The list of his accomplishments is astonishing and wide ranging. When he lived, his work touched the lives of every person in the new United States of America; some three hundred years later, he continues to fascinate, amaze, and inspire todayand#8217;s young readers.