by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
When most people (kids and adults) think of Benjamin Franklin, they picture something close to what you might see on the $100 bill.
Buy what about when he was a young boy? Before the politician and inventor became famous, he spent his youth practicing to be a politician and inventor. In this little story, eleven-year-old Ben is determined to swim like a fish, and he makes quite a mess doing it.
Rosenstock’s tale of young Franklin is a great addition to a collection of engaging, narrative non-fiction picture books, managing to combine fact and story well. Particularly fun is the rampant use of verbs that start with “S” – Ben spends the length of the story sketching, shaping, sprinting, speeding and succeeding. His movement and vitality practically jump off the page. If you want your history to come alive, this is the book for you!