A solid, sober, biography of Benjamin Franklin for younger readers, Meet Benjamin Franklin presents the basic facts of Franklin’s life along with a few funny stories about him. The illustrations are realistic and expand the texts’ effectiveness.
Keep in mind that Franklin had rocky relationships with his parents and older brother.
One page declares that people in England “began to think of him [Franklin] as a kind of magician.” [pg. 51] Franklin exploits their credulity by playing a “magic” trick on them – they fall for it – but he winds up explaining the trick to them.
Conclusion. Great introductory biography.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret