Ben Franklin's Almanac by Candace Fleming
Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life

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"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.

About Candace Fleming

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CANDACE FLEMING's most recent picture books include Clever Jack Takes the Cake and Imogene's Last Stand, and she is also the author of the nonfiction titles The Great and Only Barnum; The Lincolns, and Amelia Lost. ERIC ROHMANN is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker. His books for children include Time Flies, recipient of a Caldecott Honor Award.
Published April 15, 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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Fleming has succeeded with a scrapbook organized by topic rather than chronology: boyhood, family, writing, science, thoughts on a well-lived life, revolution, France, and “Final Remembrances.” Readers can dip in anywhere and find something of interest: rules for being a better writer, an essay o...

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Fleming (The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin) apes the design of Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack with her clever format here, to "illuminate each of the many facets" of her subject (as the author states in a foreword).

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Just as adults are digging into Walter Isaacson's recent biography of Benjamin Franklin, older children and young adults have a wonderful treat waiting: Candace Fleming's entertaining, imaginative Benjamin Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life.

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Resembling an almanac or scrapbook with an old-fashioned looking script, pictures, photographs, copies of letters and other documents, BEN FRANKLIN'S ALMANAC is a refreshing new look at the life of one of America's greatest men.

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