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Printed like his almanac this witty and uniquely structured book is filled with snippets of not only Franklin's revered wit, but his life as well. Part Biography, part quotes, part history book, you'll learn all about the various aspects of Ben Franklin's private and public life. Arranged in chronological and topical order, read about his boyhood through his time working with the founders, at which he kept until his death. 120 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.
"What good shall I do today?"
How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding the famous words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident"; and it was all in a day's work when he planted the first willow trees in America.
Modeled on his own Poor Richard's Almanack, this unique scrapbook captures Franklin's countless accomplishments. Biography and anecdote, cartoon and etching mesh to create a fascinating portrait of this most fascinating man. Anyone interested in the birth of American democracy...or curious about the rise of the U.S. postal system...or wondering how paper money came to be...or wanting to know how Ben Franklin was part of it all, is sure to pore over Ben Franklin's Almanac.
Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklins Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriellas Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.