A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin

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A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin
Written by Michael J. Rosen
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536201215
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A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin

author: Michael J. Rosen
illustrator: Matt Tavares

Young Benjamin Franklin wants to be a sailor, but his father wonít hear of it. The other trades he tries ó candle maker, joiner, boot closer, turner ó bore him through and through. Curious and inventive, Ben prefers to read, swim, fly his kite, and fly his kite while swimming. But each time he fails to find a profession, he takes some important bit of knowledge with him. That tendency is exactly what leads him to become the astonishingly versatile genius we remember today. Inspired by The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Michael J. Rosenís wry tale captures Benís spirit in evocative yet playful language, while illustrations by Matt Tavares follow Ben from the workbench to the water in vivid detail. A love story to the value of variety, A Ben of All Trades sheds light on an unconventional path to greatness and humanizes a towering figure in American history.

A rousing biography from Michael J. Rosen and Matt Tavares reveals how Benjamin Franklinís boyhood shaped his amazingly multifaceted life.
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 9 3/4" x 11 13/16"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 4
Biography & Autobiography; Careers; Sports & Recreation;
author’s comments:
Michael J. Rosen has written or edited more than 135 books for children and adults, including The Tale of Rescue, The Horseís Haiku, and The Cuckooís Haiku, all illustrated by Stan Fellows; The Hound Dogís 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.
illustrator’s comments:
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaronís 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.
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