What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

Children studying the Revolutionary War will find What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz.

Fritz starts with information every child is curious about – Franklin’s childhood.  Instead of boring readers with facts and figures, Fritz tells stories from Franklin’s life – of how he taught himself to swim different strokes, how he studied by candlelight, and how he invented something he called “Magic Squares.”

Ben Franklin was a man of great ideas, great action and great travel, and Fritz follows them all in her book, capturing Franklin’s forceful personality.  What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? deserves a place in every child’s library, as do Fritz’s other books about early American history.

Her American History titles include:

  • Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?;
  • And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?;
  • Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?;
  • Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?;
  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?;
  • George Washington’s Breakfast; and
  • Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution.

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