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Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly…

Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First…

by Barb Rosenstock

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An entertaining story about young Ben Franklin. The author does a good job introducing his life, describing his family, his role, and his early experiments. Ben Franklin got out into the world and worked to understand the thins around him first. Through exploring his early invention of swim paddles the author examines his scientific trial and error, but also his unwillingness to modify his interests or behavior based on other people. It takes a great deal of perseverance and confidence to be an inventor and Franklin displayed the fortitute to keep working on this early invention.

The text explored verbs and action words with distinct color and fonts and brought Franklin's exploits to life with splashing fish, river otters, and astonished colonial sailors. A wonderful early biography in that it makes a great figure in history a little easier to get to know. What are the qualities that allowed them to succeed? Was it always easy? Did people struggle with some of their novel ideas or actions? Usually the answer is yes, but it's so enjoyable to explore them in this context. ( )
  fsgiamba | Mar 21, 2019 |
Forget stuffy history books and biographies. Ben Franklin's Big Splash is a funny, down-to-earth look at the famous inventor when he was still a child himself. The book makes Ben Franklin interesting and relatable for kids. More than that, it shows kids that their big ideas can someday make a difference too - and that if your big ideas don't work out the first time, keep trying! ( )
  adrouet | Feb 11, 2019 |
Ben Franklin's Big Splash tells the "mostly true" story of Franklin and how he invented swimming fins. I would think all ages would find this an entertaining picture book!
  wunderlong88 | Sep 12, 2018 |
I really enjoy reading books about Ben Franklin. He is one of my favorite inventors! I love how this book chronicles his first invention--the swim fins! Ben Franklin loved to swim even at a young age. He has a famous quote which says, "Learn fairly to swim; as I wish all men were taught to do in their youth." I love how this book talks about what an odd kid that he was to the community. Through the text and the drawings you can imagine Ben swimming along thinking about if he could swim like a fish. I love how his imagination leads him to invent. His first attempt didn't go too well so he decided to invent swim sandals! He really had some wild and crazy ideas. These amazing ideas ended up changing our world. For example, he invented electricity rods for houses to protect them from lightning, he invented the volunteer fire department, as well as the first lending library. He had great ideas and then he made them happen! I hope this story will inspire kids to dream big, imagine, and invent. This could be a very inspirational book for a child that thinks outside of the box. Invent!

"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours." Ben Franklin
  TracyMahoni | Sep 9, 2017 |
This is one of the first books we ever read together in your class! It is so cool to see the young life of Benjamin Franklin. ( )
  zcurlach | Dec 10, 2016 |
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"Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of eleven, he was determined to swim like a fish--fins and all. This ... 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"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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