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Ben Franklin
His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z
by Alan Schroeder
John O'Brien, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 7.95
ISBN: 9780823424351 | 02-15-2012

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Colonial America, Humor, Biography
Recommendations: A, C, K*, H, NYTBR, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
3-5: RI.1

About the Book
This nontraditional tribute to Benjamin Franklin—all in almanac format—is brimming with humorous cartoons, instructive adages, and a wealth of information about a Founding Father who was as amusing as he was amazing.

Benjamin Franklin devised armonicas and bifocals, helped bring us the Constitution and signed the Declaration of Independence, and even experimented with electricity and invented the Franklin stove. He amassed enough noteworthy accomplishments to cover the entire alphabet from A to Z!


Winner of the California Reading Association's Eureka! Children's Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

NYSRA Charlotte Award Nominee, 2014 (Grades 3-5/Intermediate)


* “A fine place for history buffs to begin.” —The Horn Book, Starred Review

* “Outstanding.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"How best to convey to children the mind-blowing multitude of Ben Franklin's interests? A kind of alphabetical almanac, of course! Schroeder sprinkles a great sampling of Franklin quotations throughout, and O'Brien, whose work will be familiar to New Yorker cartoon fans, creates busy, vibrant and captivating spreads that children will love poring over."—The New York Times Book Review


Visit the New York State Reading Association Youth Book Blog for highlights of student reviews by 4th grade students at Martin Luther King Jr. School in Schenectady, NY.