Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
8 to 10
Grades:
3 to 5
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
8.5" x 10.5"
Published:
09/2014
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-446-5
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Lexile Level:
1070L

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About the Book

Overview

Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish—fins and all! This fascinating and lively account of young Ben’s earliest invention follows the budding scientist’s journey as he tests and retests his swim fins. That first big splash led Ben to even more innovations and inventions. Includes Franklin quotes, a timeline, bibliography, and source notes.

Reviews

* ". . . The alliterative, sibilant text is a rollicking read to share aloud with young students . . . The watercolor and ink artwork conveys joy and motion, with young Ben splashing into the water, gleefully trying out his fins. An extensive bibliography, source notes for quotations, and a time line of Franklin's life add to the veracity and strength of this story. This is a fun introduction to one of the nation's founding fathers and a solid addition to collections needing a different perspective on this American icon." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Is another picture book about Ben Franklin really needed? The answer is yes, as unlike many of its predecessors, this one takes a fresh approach by focusing on a single childhood fascination--swimming. . . Emphatic, alliterative verbs accentuate both his enthusiasm and his methodical nature. . . The finely detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations, varying type sizes and colors, and clever page design effectively an delightfully depict this significant American scientist. . . As inventive as Ben himself, this presentation is awash with delight and definitely makes a big splash." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

" . . . Here's a slightly fictionalized tale to celebrate one of Ben's less-heralded accomplishments: self-taught swimmer. . . The text's tone is light and optimistic. Select words and phrases appear in larger colorful type, which, together with Schindler's lively ink and watercolor paintings, gives the book a breezy feel. . . " --The Horn Book Magazine

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Meet the Author

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock is the award-winning author of The Noisy Paint Box, a Caldecott Honor book, The Camping Trip That Changed America, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, The Streak, and Ben Franklin's Big Splash. She lives outside of Chicago, Illinois, with her family. Visit barbrosenstock.com.

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