Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

by Robert Lawson


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Ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? As it turns out, the great inventor Benjamin Franklin got his best ideas from a mouse named Amos! Funny, interesting and wise, this classic tale has been a favorite for generations. Once you've met Amos and read his account, you'll never think of Ben Franklin-or American history-quite the same way.

Explore this historical time period even further in this new edition of award-winning author Robert Lawson's classic tale, with additional bonus material, including a map of Ben Franklin's travels!
Did you ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous inventors in American history, and according to this amusing book, he got most of his ideas—the good ones at any rate—from a mouse! Funny, interesting and wise, Ben and Me is a classic American story that has been read by generations of young people. Once you've met Amos the mouse, you'll always remember Benjamin Franklin a little differently than the history books do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316517300
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/28/1988
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 48,802
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) is one of the greatest names in children's literature. He is the author and illustrator of such classics as Ben and Me, Mr. Revere and I, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and I Discover Columbus. His last completed work was The Big Wheel.

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Ben and Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Evansmom99 More than 1 year ago
I loved this short story of historical fiction. The mouse Amos is very witty and takes control. He had me laughing. You can hear his he accent when you read which make it that much more funny. This is an AR book, but is recommended for 6 th grade and up because of the vocabulary words. (I'm guessing)
lovetheclassics65 More than 1 year ago
My 11-year-old and I enjoyed reading this book together. She's a big fan of the Colonial Period of American history, and this funny take on Ben Franklin's role in American history had us both coming back for more. We loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not say that book stunk ! I am almost finished with it but I had to give it back to my school ![ I was in the 5th grade and now Im in the 6th , Im young , and I like the book , by the way Im 11 Adults get it as well ! Although there is a little bit of history included , its mostly about a cute little mouse , you see, when its entitled Ben and Me' The Me is the mouse and how Benjamin Franklin helps it . There are ups and downs , but I was so ciked about this book that when I looked in the inside It said there was another book like it with Thomas Jefferson , I believe it was , I might be wrong though , Its really not about history in a boring way ! Its really not ! It brings you back drawing you into the time of his life explaining his best innventions , showing nobodys perfect and more , Get it Now ! Its not what you think ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very good except some part, but besides that it is great
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay, but it was a little boring.If you like history and fiction, you'll like this book, but it was too boring for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my last few years of elementary school, learning felt like nothing but work, so I never did assignments AT ALL. The first one I completed in 5th grade was a book report on this book that all my classmates had to do. I loved this book! And I learned about Ben Franklin though I had never heard of him and didn't find out that he was an important historical charactor until a few years later. It was funny! ANd when I read about how Ben invented bifocal lenses and the Franklin Stove, I felt so proud and smart. I started this assignment because I wanted to see if I could be a good student, but after I few pages, it was painless and fun. I got my first A in elementary school on that report, and became open to the idea that writers and teachers can all teach them same concept but some do it in a fun, easily comprehensible way and others make it boring work. i.e. learning doesn't suck, just a few teachers and writers do. If your child doesn't like to read, has trouble in school, or simply has not been introduced to Ben, introduce them to this book. They'll learn how Ben discovered: that lightning is electricty, the Franklin stove, Bifocal lenses etc.) I'm 18 and(I'm not sure if I should be ashamed of this or not but...) almost everything I know about Ben Frankiln comes from this book.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Benjamin Franklin's adult life from the time just before he invents the Franklin Stove to his 81st birthday. Told through the eyes of a mouse,Amos, who lives in Franklin's worn out fur hat. Amos is quite intelligent and he and Ben become friends and it is Amos who leads the doddering Franklin around and gives him some of his greatest ideas about electricity, through the Revolution and later on his journey and stay in France.A comic story, certainly not to be taken as a true story of Franklin. While it does hit upon the true events of Franklin's life it pokes fun at him and is more enjoyed by someone who already knows the famous man's life story and accomplishments however briefly. Since Ben Franklin had been brought up in our other recent read-alouds my 8yo understood the comedy of the situation and really found the mouse and the circumstances Ben found himself in quite funny. This is the second time I've read this book and think it is a delightful book for children. But do make sure they know who Franklin is first so they can enjoy the book to it's fullest.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ben and Me is a fictionalized biography of Benjamin Franklin told by Amos, the mouse who lives in Ben's fur cap. According to Amos, all of Ben's accomplishment's are directly due to Amos.Amos is the oldest of 26 church mice (their names run from Amos to Zenas.) To ease the burden on his family, Amos strikes out on his own and ends up living in Benjamin Franklin's fur cap. He quickly determines that the famous Dr. Franklin is in great need of his advice and assistance. After helping Franklin to invent the Franklin Stove, Amos and Ben work out an agreement whereby in exchange for cheese and bread for his family, Amos will stay with Ben and give him the benefit of his wisdom.This is a quick, delightful tongue in cheek introduction to one of America's founding fathers. It would be a great read aloud in conjunction with any unit on Ben Franklin.Recommended for ages 9 - 12.Mrs. Archer's Rating: 5 of 5
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amos, a young church mouse, sets out to seek his fortune and takes up residence in a cap belonging to a certain famous statesman. He helps Ben learn about electricity, lends a hand in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and even leads a mini-revolution of his own. I liked the first half of the book, but I felt like it got a little dull after they left for Paris. It had a lot of humor, and the illustrations were great; it just wasn't really my cup of tea, I guess. I think many kids would enjoy it, though, since it had a lot of funny moments. I'd recommend it for kids ages 8-12.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school it is an awesome biography from a mouse's interpertation. At first I didn't like but when we got into it made me like Ben Franklin even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish i had the imagination of that author
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite imanigative and interesting for the young mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative. It gave a good plot and a well told story. In a way, it was difficult to be reading it from the mouse, Amos's, point of view. I would recommend this book to more advanced readers with a clearer perspective!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book stinks more than anything. I read it and when I read it I almost fell asleep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i did not like this book at all! I thought it was the worst book i ever read. I highly do not reccomand this book. Ugh
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was 2 boring. I no it needs 2 b educational but it could b a little bit more exciting and interesting. I had 2 read this book in the summer because I was going into 5th grade