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A Ben of all trades : the most inventive boyhood of Benjamin Franklin / Michael J. Rosen ; illustrated by Matt Tavares.

Rosen, Michael J., 1954- (author.). Tavares, Matt, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library J 921 FRA (Text) 33500013256912 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J 921 FRA (Text) 33500013256920 New Checked out 10/06/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536201215
  • ISBN: 1536201219
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Inspired by The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." -- inside front jacket flap.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"Young Benjamin Franklin wants to be a sailor, but his father won't hear of it. The other trades he tried bored him through and through. But each time he fails to find a career, he took some important bit of knowledge with him, and that tendency is exactly what made him the versatile genius we remember today." -- inside front jacket flap.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    Before Benjamin Franklin was one of America's Founding Fathers, he was a swimming-obsessed boy in Boston who wanted to be a sailor. But his candlemaker father had other plans for him. Inspired by Franklin's memoirs, Rosen recreates young Ben's path to finding a suitable trade in this picture-book biography. When Ben's father encourages him to apprentice with a joiner, a boot closer, a turner, and a chandler, the boy finds making identical wooden dowels, dipping identical candles, and other chores monotonous. Breaking these routines are Ben's playful swimming and kite experiments, much to the chagrin of his practical father. Finally, printing, with its opportunities for reading and creativity, becomes a satisfying apprenticeship. Paralleling this discovery is a culminating experiment that combines all the skills he learned from his brief stints with tradesmen. In the process, Rosen depicts Ben as a budding inventor, hints at more kite experiments to come, and adds more about Ben's life in a concluding author's note. Tavares' photo-realistic illustrations offer charm and fine details to this blend of history and technology. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    Before Benjamin Franklin was one of America's Founding Fathers, he was a swimming-obsessed boy in Boston who wanted to be a sailor. But his candlemaker father had other plans for him. Inspired by Franklin's memoirs, Rosen recreates young Ben's path to finding a suitable trade in this picture-book biography. When Ben's father encourages him to apprentice with a joiner, a boot closer, a turner, and a chandler, the boy finds making identical wooden dowels, dipping identical candles, and other chores monotonous. Breaking these routines are Ben's playful swimming and kite experiments, much to the chagrin of his practical father. Finally, printing, with its opportunities for reading and creativity, becomes a satisfying apprenticeship. Paralleling this discovery is a culminating experiment that combines all the skills he learned from his brief stints with tradesmen. In the process, Rosen depicts Ben as a budding inventor, hints at more kite experiments to come, and adds more about Ben's life in a concluding author's note. Tavares' photo-realistic illustrations offer charm and fine details to this blend of history and technology. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Michael J. Rosen has written or edited more than 135 books for children and adults, including The Tale of Rescue, The Horse&;s Haiku, and The Cuckoo&;s Haiku, all illustrated by Stan Fellows; The Hound Dog&;s Haiku, illustrated by Mary Azarian; and Chanukah Lights, a collaboration with pop-up master Robert Sabuda. Michael J. Rosen lives in the Appalachian foothills of central Ohio.

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron&;s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro. He also has illustrated books, including Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter. Most recently he wrote and illustrated a pair of Christmas stories, Red and Lulu and Dasher. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

Subject: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Statesmen > United States > Biography > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Printers > United States > Biography > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Inventors > United States > Biography > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Scientists > United States > Biography > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Inventors.
Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Biography.
Biography & Autobiography - Historical.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Inventors.
Printers.
Scientists.
Statesmen.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Biographies.
Picture books.

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