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The Value of Saving: The Story of Benjamin Franklin (Valuetales Series) Hardcover – August, 1978

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Product Details

  • Series: Valuetales Series
  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Value Communications; 1st edition (August 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916392171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916392178
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson draws some lessons from the life of Ben Franklin (1706-1790).

The book tells of Ben Franklin's childhood interest in saving time and money. This value is personified by a talking penny named "Benny" who interacts with Ben throughout his life. Readers learn of a number of Ben's inventions and personal habits with an emphasis on the time and money saved by each one. The book follows his life as he works in his brother's printing business, strikes out on his own, and then starts his own printing business and family. Ben's lifelong love of reading and writing is presented as his desire to "save" ideas for use by himself and others.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Franklin's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "Because of Ben Franklin, many people today know the value of saving, so much so that many institutions like banks and insurance companies and even colleges are named after him. Perhaps now you may want to think about what would make you happy. You may want to start saving things that are important to you. Just like our good friend, Ben Franklin." (pp. 61-62)
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While the author takes significant poetic license with some aspects of the life of Benjamin Franklin, the story is still one to learn by. Given that the purpose is to impart the value of thrift and saving rather than be historically accurate, the points of exaggeration can be overlooked. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most talented Americans that ever lived, a true Renaissance man that helped create a new country.
This is a good book about some prime virtues, the daily acts of saving and of looking around and asking the question, "How can we do things better?" Franklin not only looked, he also acted, inventing many devices based on principles still used today. Franklin was and is an inspiration to all to work smarter and harder and this book is an excellent distillation of his approach to life.
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By D. Whitman on December 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My eight year old granddaughter loves these books.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Rhinard on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Replacing one of my worn out copies from a set I bought my own chidren years ago. I use it now to teach middle school-aged students in a partial hopitalization setting, values is VERY important.
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