Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Cheer Up, Ben Franklin!


Wonderful basic intro to characters of the American Revolution. Poor Ben has no friends available to fly kites with him. They are all busy doing iconic activities - sewing a flag, rallying troops, etc. But when he reaches Independence Hall, he finally finds all his friends and an activity they can all do together. Each two-page spread features a different historical figure, including: Betsy Ross, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton.  Within Independence Hall we also see Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock. There are brief biographies of all the characters as well as a timeline of major events from 1773-1801 in the back of the book.

The illustrations show iconic features of the characters - Ross with her sewing, Franklin's receding white hairline, Washington's uniform, and Revere with his lantern and horse. Between the images and the brief text for each spread, the book is a quick and easy read - perfect to introduce the historical period, or read just for fun.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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