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Author: Stephen Krensky

Illustrator: Bert Dodson

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: Young Ben Franklin thinks working at his fathers candle shop is pretty boring. There are always other things he would rather be doing, like experiments. This story centers on his decision to hold onto a kite and see if the wind will take him across the pond without having to do any swimming. This easy reader is an historical fiction account of Ben Franklin as a boy.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, learning to read.

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 0.8

Age of Child: Read by a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked out this book. She liked the pictures. She thought the story was cute and easy to read. She liked learning about a famous person when he was young. She wanted to read this one again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the simple way the story was written. It was a story that you could enjoy about a famous person and get a better understanding about his childhood. I wasn’t sure how easy the book would be to understand so was glad when she understood and enjoyed the book.

Pros: This is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand biography of someone in history kids will recognize. This is a good story.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an excellent book for the library, but one that you'll only borrow for home use. It is an excellent choice when you're looking for a book to illustrate how kids grew up in other times (and just happened to be famous!).

If You Liked This Book, Try: GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FIRST VICTORY (Ready to Read)   ABE LINCOLN'S HAT (Step Into Reading)   ABNER DOUBLEDAY; BOY BASEBALL PIONEER (Young Patriot Series)

Educational Themes: In addition to learning about Benjamin Franklin, you can draw out information about life as a child in colonial times, and talk about experiments and scientific discoveries.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, biography, historical fiction, science

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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