The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin

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A biography of the founding father, from his boyhood in Boston through his apprenticeship in the publishing business to his accomplishments as a printer, scientist, inventor, and statesman.

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Osborne's biography has the intimate style and sensitive character study found in her fiction. The book reads much like a novel, and is therefore not intimidating. Unfortunately, her text is marred by repetitious or vague writing and choppy sentences. The text includes many pertinent illustrations, including portraits of Franklin and his wife, pages from important doucuments, and drawings of Philadelphia buildings and houses. The organization is mostly chronological with chapter titles naming the various "lives" or roles Franklin played, and there are occasional, carefully chosen quotes from Franklin himself. An ambitious four-and-a-half page list of achievements at the back of the book differentiates this biography from others for the age level, such as Cass R. Sandak's (Watts, 1986). Also included are descriptions of some of the most interesting, even humorous events in Franklin's life, and a few of the critical comments about Franklin made by some of his contemporaries. This book gives readers a vivid picture of Franklin the brilliant inventor, statesman, and writer, who hobnobbed with kings but ever remained a sensible, unpretentious, common man at heart, and it also gives them easily understandable definitions of the historical movements of the time. A book that will be helpful in creating interest among those readers who are not aware of the vast contributions Franklin made to our society, but one that is not particularly well written. --Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This thoroughly researched and comprehensive biography, though interesting in a fact-finding sense, falls short in presenting a well-rounded portrayal of the man himself. Not enough facets of Franklin's life and works are developed in sufficient detail to allow children to conjure up an image of a lifestyle so different from their own experience. The writing style is for the most part straightforward, and Osborne's ( Best Wishes, Joe Brady ; Last One Home ) evident enthusiasm for her subject should engage those readers with a taste for historical biographies. Photographs and document reproductions help to enliven a somewhat somber presentation. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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