So, I really like the “Story of’ biography series – I’ve previously reviewed their accounts of Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Sacajawea and Louisa May Alcott, and was really happy to add The Story of Benjamin Franklin to my collection. The Story of Benjamin Franklin was excellent as a part of this series, and I did really like it, but I found it to be less informative than either Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia or Benjamin Franklin. It was short – only 92 pages – and having just read two other biographies of Franklin, the brevity showed. Nice sized chucks of Franklin’s life, as well as the historical setting were left out.
Overall, I’d rate the Franklin biographies I’ve read thus.
- Benjamin Franklin by Deborah Kent
- Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins
- The Story of Benjamin Franklin by Margaret Davidson
- Meet Benjamin Franklin by Maggi Scarf
- Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson
We are told on page 82 that Franklin loved to flirt with women, however no real instances of this are provided for us.
It is said that electricity was viewed as a magical weapon of the gods by those who didn’t understand it, although Ben and other scientists knew better. Also, It is said that as a boy, Ben found books to be a kind of magic for him.
Conclusion. A good resource, though not my favorite Ben Franklin biography.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret