The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin (National Geographic)

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No one could have thought up a more amazing character than the living, breathing Benjamin Franklin. He was everything from a "soapmaker, candle dipper, and printer" to a "postmaster, political activist, community reformer, revolutionary, statesman, international diplomat, and first great citizen of a nation which he, as much or more than anyone, helped to create."

Acclaimed children's author-illustrator Cheryl Harness through her true-to-life paintings and storytelling-style narrative, along with a generous sampling of Franklin's own words, lets you "walk in his shoes" as you discover just how truly remarkable Benjamin Franklin was.

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Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 children’s books, including several picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America’s historical heroes and heroines. Harness has won multiple awards, and now lives in her historic hometown of Independence, Missouri. To learn more, visit cherylharness.com.

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*Starred Review* Those seeking a comprehensive biography for picture-book audiences need look no further than Harness' The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin (2005), which showcases the talent for creatively distilling famous lives that marked her previous six picture books about great Americans. Buttressed by humanizing details, such as the young Franklin's dissatisfaction with his printing apprenticeship under a "bossy" elder brother, Harness swiftly covers Franklin's childhood and early adulthood. The remainder of the book is devoted to Franklin's wide-ranging political roles, with brief references to his scientific activities and the shadowy details of his private life (regarding his illegitimate son: "Who was William's mother? That has been a mystery for nearly 300 years"). Much of this information can be found in competing picture-book biographies, but the striking visual presentation, yoking together detailed watercolors, creatively placed quotes and captions, and text in an evocative letterpress typeface, helps this rise above the merely functional. End matter consists of an extensive time line followed by a page crammed cheek-to-jowl with minute source documentation, suggestions for further research, and copyright details. Much like Fleming's Ben Franklin's Almanac, for older readers, the impression is of enthusiasms, barely contained--an apt simulacrum of Franklin's fizzing intellect. Jennifer Mattson
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