The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin Author:James Cross Giblin, Michael Dooling Benjamin Franklin lived more than 200 years ago. But the legacy he left behind has been equaled by few Americans. — Franklin was one of seventeen children, and the youngest of ten sons. Since he was smart, and a good speller, and he loved to read, he was relieved of having to make candles and soap for his father's shop. Instead he was allowed ... more »to apprentice in his brother's print shop. This launched Ben's career as a printer and a journalist, and by age eighteen he owned his own print shop in Philadelphia.
But Ben Franklin's accomplishments didn't stop there. He helped to establish some of the country's first libraries, hopsitals, and colleges, and created many useful inventions that are still in use today. His later life was devoted to public affairs, and in this role, Ben Franklin contributed more than almost anyone to the founding of the United States.
Here is a riveting picture book biography that graphically echoes the look of a newspaper from Benjamin Franklin's printing press. James Cross Giblin's clear, eloquent text and Michael Dooling's masterful paintings present a vivid portrait of the humorous and brilliant man who was known as the "wisest American."« less