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Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

by Gene Barretta

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Describes many of the inventions of Ben Franklin, some of which are still being used today.
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Kid friendly tour of Franklin's inventions and contributions. Wildly colorful illustrations cover the pages. ( )
  MrsBond | Jun 27, 2023 |
I loved this book; I used it for one of my lesson plans. Benjamin Franklin was such an influential human and impacted modern life in such a way that we use his inventions daily. I think every child should be exposed to his brilliance. He can be used as an example on everything one person can accomplish and to explain inventions. ( )
  krichard | Apr 29, 2020 |
Now and Ben teaches about Benjamin Franklin's inventions from over 200 years ago that are still used in the modern world today and how they compare to how they were back then. I learned that Benjamin Franklin was the first to print a political cartoon in American that advertised how the colonies should come together or die like the parts of a snake. I learned that Ben made himself bifocals, discovered the true nature of electricity, invented the lightening rod and the original device we know now as the grabber. Ben also invented things when he was boy such as wooden flippers to swim and plenty more. Ben shaped the world and his inventions are still used and seen within the modern world. This books can teach students about one of the most important historical figures in history and how he contributed to the world. ( )
  Larmand | Apr 17, 2019 |
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/now-and-ben-lesson-plans.html (discussion questions, activities, you tube link)
  ccsdss | Feb 8, 2016 |
This book was great! It is perfect to read to children because of the past and present comparisons. Picture book biographies are awesome because they introduce influential people to children in an understandable way, people they might not hear about otherwise. This book takes that a step further by introducing readers to what was made in the past and how we use it/how it exists in the future/present... this inclusion makes Ben Franklin and his contributions real and tangible for students. Great illustrations as well. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 20, 2015 |
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Describes some of Ben Franklin's many ideas and inventions, and looks at how they are still being used in the twenty-first century
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