How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning
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How Ben Franklin Stole
the Lightning
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2003: Ages 6-12
2003 ISBN: 0-688-16993-7
Genre: Nonfiction/History/Biography/Picture Book    Buy It!

About the Book

Ben Franklin was the most famous American in the entire world during colonial times. And no wonder! After all, the man could do just about anything. Why, he was an author and an athlete and a patriot and a scientist and an inventor to boot. He even found a way to steal the lightning right out of the sky. Is such a thing possible? It is, and there's more. Find out how he used his discovery about lightning to make people's lives safer.

Awards and Reviews

~Starred Review Publishers Weekly
~Parent's Guide Children's Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Books-2003
~IRA/CBC Children's Choice-2004
~IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice-2004
~NCSS/CBC Notable Trade Book (Biography)-2004
~The Children's Sequoyah Book Award: Nominee-2006; Oklahoma
~The Monarch Award: Nominee-2008; Illinois' K-3 Children’s Choice Award

"Schanzer's lively writing and drawing style again make history come alive. Exhilarating!"
~Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"this effervescent tribute will give legions of young readers a peerless role model."
~Kirkus Reviews

"a charming biography of the man who invented the lightning rod…Wonderfully illustrated in bright colors with a cartoon style, this book has many details for a child to investigate.
~Children's Literature

"...Exceptionally engaging Picture Book...Crackling-with-energy, Full-Color Illustrations."
~The Washington Post

"Schanzer's bright illustrations and witty language combine in a charming portrait of this larger-than-life, good-humored man."
~Washington Parent

"Well conceived and crafted, this fresh view is particularly welcome."
~School Library Journal

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