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Benjamin Banneker (Baa) (Z) (Black Americans of Achievement) Library Binding – December, 1987

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Black Americans of Achievement
  • Library Binding: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555465730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555465735
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7 Up-- Well known as an astronomer, a mathematican, a surveyor of the District of Columbia, and an almanac author and publisher, Banneker's achievements are all the more notable when readers consider the time in which he lived. A clear portrait of Banneker emerges as information about the 17th century, its laws and social mores, is interwoven. Primary sources are occasionally interspersed, including Banneker's correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. Period etchings, reproductions of Banneker's writing, and portraits of prominent figures extend the fluid text. The placement of the text and clearly labeled illustrative material combines to create an open format. A welcome volume. --Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A Kid's Review on October 30, 2005
Format: Library Binding
Inside Benjamin Banneker: Scientist and Mathematician lies many secrets of the life of one of the 18th centuries most accomplished black Americans. To find out more about this man, read the book by Kevin Conley. The book is all about the life of Benjamin Banneker, an 18th century free black American who wrote almanacs and was an original surveyor of Washington D.C. I would recommend this book to any Americans who wanted to learn more about the people involved with the history of their country.

This book being a biography, I feel that I must review my thoughts on the man being written about. Benjamin Banneker was a very important man of our country, and this book does him justice. He was a man of many accomplishments, and none of them were easy to come by. He had to manage a tobacco farm and complete astronomy calculations all while trying to get his almanac published.He was a hard worker, and that is why I admire him.

One aspect of the book that I was really impressed with was the way the author used vivid vocabulary in just the right spots. He described everyhitng that was important with enhanced vocabulary and detail. An example of this would be when the author was describing the detail of Mr. Bannekers work he would use phrases like "nearly incomprehensible" or "mind boggling". The vocabulary in this book made it much more interesting than it would have been if it had not been used so well.

I think that the author of this book did Mr. Banneker the justice he deserved. He includes all of the major things that Banneker accomplished in his life and really makes it feel like you know him. He included many helpful visuals and pictures of Mr. Banneker's work, which really made the reader understand how hard the things he was doing were.
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