Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson is definitely for a younger age level than either Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia or Benjamin Franklin [by Deborah Kent]. Not only does it require a less mature comprehension, but it also focuses on incidents more likely to interest a young audience.
Ben’s childhood is, of course, the focus of this book, but Ben’s childhood was remarkable. Not only was he a self-motivated learner from his earliest days, but he also had a remarkable capacity for planning and organizing activities for his friends. Ben’s lifelong occupation and interest – printing and writing words – also began in his childhood.
Conclusion. Good for early readers.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret