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Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos Paperback – April 30, 1988
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In A New and Astonishing Life Of Benjamin Franklin As Written by His Good Mouse AMOS, young readers will discover that while the good Mr. Franklin got considerable credit, many of his most important contributions really originated with Amos, a less-than-humble rodent. Oh sure, his manuscript was found by author-editor Robert Lawson and published first in 1939, but discerning readers ever since have figured that it's the mouse who's the fellow with the ... tale. (For ages 10 and up with a sense of humor)
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The remarkable life of old Ben Franklin is related with wit, warmth and wisdom by Amosa mouse who has a way with words. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It may be confusing for those too young to separate fantasy from fact, but the story is memorable enough, and cute and funny enough, to be picked up more than once in any one childhood, and will undoubtedly be properly inculcated as the allegory it is meant to be. Children will undoubtedly finally understand what a great and interesting man he was. And the humour makes the story enjoyable and palatable rather than a dry, dreary assignment from a school-teacher. And those old enough to understand on the first go around will take both characters in the book, Amos and Mr. Franklin, to heart, on friendly terms and most probably be driven to learn more. Of course, it can always be shared with a parent or other adult who can explain the difference for those too young to understand the difference on their own. Another great habit,...to read with a child.
I must mention that even as an adult, although I obviously read deeper histories these days, that this book is still in the back of my mind as I do so, as a memory of the impetus for me to begin my lifelong voracious habit of reading.
One should also note that the same author has a book by "Paul Revere's Horse", written in a similar voice and vein. Reading one means the child read a fun and decent book, having read two, it may be the beginning of a lifelong habit that can only improve one's life.
Best of all, this book includes a Ben Franklin timeline, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and a few pages of Poor Richard's sayings.
Very enjoyable book.
As far as the story itself, it is charming. We'd been studying Ben Franklin and this was a great story to add to the mix. It also generated lots of discussion as to what was true and what was fiction in the book. My son volunteered to read another Ben Franklin biography to help sort it out.
And, of course, after reading it, they enjoyed the Walt Disney mini-version, but agreed that the book was much better because the cartoon had left so much out.
If you'd like a very readable, but not dumbed-down, children's book, buy it. You won't be dissapointed.