Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words: How to Work Smart, Play Well, and Make Real Friends (National Geographic Kids)

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Discover history through the eyes of one of the smartest, funniest, and coolest figures from America's past. This book presents 50 of Benjamin Franklin's famous "wise words" from Poor Richard's Almanack, his personal letters, and other writings, with sage advice on everything from good citizenship and manners to friendship and being happy. Sayings are paired with hilarious illustrations and witty translations for modern audiences. It's a great go-to for inspirational and innovative ways to practice mindfulness, industriousness, and self-improvement.

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Award-winning author K. M. KOSTYAL has written nearly 20 books on history, music, world cultures, and wars. Her most recent works for National Geographic include Founding Fathers: The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty; George Washington's Rules to Live By; Christmas in Williamsburg; Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan; and Great Migrations, the companion book to the National Geographic Channel's acclaimed series on animal migration.

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Gr 3–5—This introduction to Benjamin Franklin's proverbs is arranged in a consistent, pleasing, and structured manner. Franklin's maxims are divided into chapters based on moral principles, such as "Tranquility," "Humility," and "Moderation." Franklin's well-known adages ("Honesty is the best policy," "Fish and visitors stink in 3 days"), as well as lesser-known ones ("You may delay, but time will not," "Diligence is the mother of good luck"), make good food for thought. Kostyal provides the original 18th-century saying, "Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices," along with a modern adaptation ("Look for the good stuff in other people, but check yourself for ways you could improve"). Each verso and recto complement each other, offering a proverb with two or three expository paragraphs and corresponding art. Harper's illustrations are all brightly colored and oftentimes humorous. Cartoonish yet believable, they evoke the essence of each saying. The people in the artwork are presented in proper 18th-century settings and attire. The book finishes with descriptions of Franklin's inventions, including bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, and swim paddles. VERDICT The combination of Franklin's common sense wisdom and the fun imagery yields a good primer for personal edification.—Jeffrey Meyer, Mount Pleasant Public Library, IA

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