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Now & Ben

The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

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What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you’d set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight saving time, invented bifocals and the odometer—all inspired by his common sense and intelligence.

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Praise for Now & Ben

“The extraordinary sense of Franklin as a severely temporally displaced person gives [this book] its power to delight . . . charming illustrations.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A clever, concise introduction to the contributions of this colorful colonial figure . . . sure to inspire readers to learn more about its fascinating subject.”—School Library Journal

“Barretta leads readers from what they do know to what they probably don’t . . . Read this one aloud.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“With its breezy format and succinct text, the book delivers facts in an assuredly kid-friendly style.”— Publishers Weekly

“A punchy read-aloud to lighten up American history units.”—Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

  • Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, and Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son.
  • Gene Barretta
    Gene Barretta
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Now & Ben

The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis, School Library Journal 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books - Mas, School Library Journal 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books - Mas
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