Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret CousinsBen Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

byMargaret Cousins

Paperback | January 27, 2004

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the busiest men in the American colonies. He was a printer, a postmaster, an inventor, a writer, and a diplomat. When the Revolutionary War began, Ben supported America in the Continental Congress. Like the clever adages from his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin still sets an example for Americans today.
Margaret Cousins was an editor and author of short stories and novels for children. In her career, she worked at Good Housekeeping and McCall’s. She was also senior editor at Doubleday and was fiction and book editor at The Ladies’ Home Journal. Cousins is the author of the Landmark Books Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia and The Story ...
Title:Ben Franklin of Old PhiladelphiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.63 × 5.25 × 0.38 inPublished:January 27, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394849280

ISBN - 13:9780394849287

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely interesting and enlightening! Highly recommended!! I read this biography aloud to my children. Until I read this book, I had no idea how brilliant Ben Franklin was! When I think of Franklin, I think about how he had flown a kite in a thunderstorm with a metal key attached to the string and felt the electric shock in his hand. I knew he invented the lightning rod and proved that electricity and lightning are identical, and I had heard of the Franklin stove, but I did not realize the extent of his inventions! He had only one year of formal education, and he is the epitome of a homeschooler! All that he learned was largely self-taught. Franklin would be a remarkable man to meet. Some of his accomplishments that I was unaware of include: invention of bifocals and the stepladder, the first to notice that the Gulf Stream was different than the surrounding waters, founded the first circulating library in America, organized the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia, and made the postal system more efficient. He was the first to diagnose lead poisoning, and he wasn't even a medical doctor! His observations regarding how colds are transmitted are consistent with what we know today about germs and viruses. What a truly extraordinary and inspiring man! As my kids noted, he seems to have invented everything! What would America be like today if he had never existed? We loved this book, and we plan to read other books in this series. MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it! Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2012-05-09

From Our Editors

The amazing life of Ben Franklin--inventor, printer, editor, statesman, ambassador, and aguably one of the most important Americans in history--is depicted with warmth and insight