How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

by Rosalyn Schanzer


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smoore75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightening gives a young reader an introduction to the life of one of America's most famous and interesting forefathers. While it is true Ben Franklin wore many hats, this book focuses on his life as a scientist and inventor. It is told in story book fashion and is beautifully illustrated. The pictures brilliantly compliment the text and are very interesting to look at due to the attention to detail and use of color. The cover of the book would very likely pull a young reader in. It is a picture of Franklin holding a lightening bolt in the sky. The endpages are covered with interesting drawings of some of Franklin's inventions and are courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Library. There is no bibliography, but an interesting Author's Note giving additional historical information about Franklin and some other inventions not mentioned in the book. I would recommend this book to elementary ed teachers as an introduction to Ben Franklin. It is a great way to blur the lines between history and science.
amork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning is a humorous biography on Franklin's life as an inventor. Rosalyn Schanzer shows Ben Franklin as a man that did everything and worked to help peoples live their lives better. This book inspires young readers that they can be an inventor at any age and that constant experimenting and observing the ways that the world works can make anything a scientific project or experiment. The book would be a good read for readers in 4th grade and up. The biography starts off telling a little bit about who Franklin was as a person. Schanzer paints Franklin as a man who was involved in lots of different things and started up different organizations to help people. "He was a musician, a printer, a cartoonist, and a world traveler! (Schanzer 2)" Since Franklin was passionate about helping people Schanzer explains the problem that lightning caused an abundance of bad fires during Franklin's time. Ben Franklin started the first fire department to help with this problem. Schanzer goes on to explain about how Franklin started as an inventor and what other inventions he made to make life easier. Franklin started inventing when he was 11 so children realize that even though they are young, they can be still inventors. Ben Franklin experimented on electricity to find out how it works and stole lightning from the sky. This lead to the lightning rod which is one of his most famous inventions. Rosalyn Schanzer added a lot of extra's pertaining to Franklin in this book. The typography is a version of the typeface that Franklin brought to America in the 1740's and on the inside of the cover are parts of Franklin's original drawings which show ideas that he had worked on. The illustrations in this book show Franklin's time period with the way that the people are dressed and styled, the ships and the images of the town that Franklin was in. Also, the illustrations are large and colorful which gives the reader a lot to look at while reading the book. Schanzer also adds "A Note from the Author" on the last page of the book which explains her reasoning for writing mostly about Franklin's inventions in the book and not about his other accomplishments. She also adds more information about Franklin in this note. Although I think that this book is an excellent source of information for Ben Franklin and his inventions, I felt that Schanzer went between Franklin's inventions and the way that Franklin went about learning about lightning too much. I would have liked for the book to be split up more into 2 parts (his inventions and how he went about stealing the lightning) instead of integrated into each other. The book can be used in a lesson that introduces inventions and inventors.
akonow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book I chose for the last category is called, ¿How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning¿ by Rosalyn Schanzer. This book not only focuses on Franklin¿s experiment of electricity using a kite, but lists many ways he contributed to the world through science and more. The story is written in a fun format. The author depicts Franklin as a boy who could not help but to play out his curiosity. He wondered about so many things around him and tried to invent improvements for each. When he was a boy he wanted to swim faster, so he made wood paddles. It worked but the wood was too heavy to use on a regular basis. Right before the electricity experiment, Franklin figured out how to save homes from catching on fire from lightning storms, hence the lightning rods still on top of buildings today. The illustrations are great animations as well. They look so playful and free, even though Ben is visualized as an old man. This book is an easy read to learn more about the role Franklin gave as an inquisitive scientist and noble man of society.
jenna476b on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book about Ben Franklin as a scientist and inventor. Lots of good information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago