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The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin / by James Cross Giblin ; illustrated by Michael Dooling.

By: Giblin, James.
Contributor(s): Dooling, Michael [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2000Edition: 1st ed.Description: 48 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0590485342; 9780590485340.Subject(s): Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Juvenile literature | Statesmen -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Scientists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Printers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Inventors -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 973.3/092 Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book, 2001.Summary: A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.
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A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

ALA Notable Children's Book, 2001.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 45) and index.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-In a concise, readable style, this biography presents a great deal of information about a key figure in American history. Like Jean Fritz's What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Putnam, 1976), the book does not romanticize or sentimentalize Franklin's genius or his contributions. Giblin includes the challenges Franklin faced in establishing himself in business, his falling out with his son when they took different sides in the Revolutionary War, and the illnesses he suffered throughout his later years, and balances them with the man's successes in publishing, his inventions, and his diplomatic service. Dooling's realistic full-color, full-page paintings and spot sketches capture not only Franklin, his family, and colleagues, but also reveal much about life in the Colonies and England during this period. Concluding informational pages include a chronology of Franklin's life, a discussion of his inventions, a page of sayings from Poor Richard's Almanack, descriptions of historical sites associated with Franklin, and notes on sources used by both the biographer and the illustrator. These additions enrich and expand on the text. A balanced biography that belongs in all collections.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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James Cross Giblin was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 8, 1933. He received a B. A. from Western Reserve University in 1954 and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University in 1955. He pursued playwriting before taking a job at Criterion Books in 1959. He focused on the children's book field. In the early to mid-1960s, he was an associate editor at Lothrop, Lee and Shepard. In 1967, he moved to Seabury Press, where he became editor-in-chief, spearheading the development of the children's book line there, later called Clarion Books. When Houghton Mifflin bought Clarion in the late 1970s, he moved to the company as Clarion's publisher. As an editor, he worked with such authors as Eileen Christelow and Mary Downing Hahn. <p> His first children's book, The Scarecrow Book written with Dale Ferguson, was published in 1980. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 20 books for young readers, mainly nonfiction, historical nonfiction, and biographies. He won several awards including the 1983 National Book Award for Chimney Sweeps: Yesterday and Today and the 2003 Sibert Medal for The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. He died on April 10, 2016 at the age of 82. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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