A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Adler
After reading, A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, I was excited to see David Adler's A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin. This biographical picture book is an excellent way for students of all ages to learn about Benjamin Franklin, I too learned a few things in reading this book. His life is such an inspiration, to read of all the things in which he did:
- Husband to Deborah Read
- Father to William, Francis, and Sarah
- Author of Poor Richard's Almanack
- Assisted in the setup of Philadelphia's first fire and police departments
- Assisted in the setup of the first hospital in America
- Assisted in the first lending library
- Postmaster of all 13 American colonies
- Invented the Franklin Stove, bifocal glasses, and the lightning rod
- Proved Lightning = electricity
- Discussed colonies with England advisor's
- Assisted in writing the Declaration of Independence
- Requested France to help America in its fight for independence
- Assisted writing the peace treaty with England
- Delegate to the Constitutional Convention
- Wrote his Autobiography
- Spoke against slavery
As I look at this list, I am very grateful for all the things he had done; which continues to be beneficial today (as I read my book from the public library by light with my bifocal glasses).
Just as other books in this series, it is a simple way to introduce the man who is on our 100 dollar bill. After reading, I would make sure to note; there are historians who question whether Benjamin Franklin actually flew a kite during a thunderstorm, but it is generally accepted that he did. This could lead into an important discussion of different perspectives of history. Which is why we should read many different primary and secondary resources to gain new insights when studying history.
This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....