Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin

Cheryl Harness
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 12
National Geographic, 2005   ISBN: 978-0792278825

We often go about our lives not realizing the impact that long gone men and women have on our daily lives. Some of us have been lucky enough to have a hundred dollar bill in our pocket or purse at one time or another. Have we ever looked at the portrait of the man whose face adorns the money? Have we ever wondered why his face was chosen out of so many to decorate our money?

The answer is a relatively simple one - because Benjamin Franklin was a truly extraordinary man. In this wonderful account readers will discover how extraordinary he was. They will read about how young Benjamin was unable to continue his education because his help was needed in his father’s candle making shop. This did not stop Benjamin from learning however. The boy, and then the man, never stopped learning about new things, about the world around him, about events which took place long ago, and about people who lived long ago. Benjamin took what he learned and set about changing his own world in many small, and big, ways.

Cheryl Harness very successfully creates a portrait of Benjamin Franklin through her text and through her signature richly detailed and colored artwork. On every page readers will find quotes from Benjamin Franklin’s writings and will do doubt be amazed to discover how many of them sound familiar.

At the back of the book the author includes a fascinating timeline of "The 18th Century World of Benjamin Franklin."