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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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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Amos, oldest of 26 children, comes from a family of church mice. Knowing how hard it is to feed such a brood, Amos sets out to try to find some way to help his family and stumbles into the home of Ben Franklin. Ben is sneezing away in a room thick with smoke from the fireplace until Amos gives him almost every detail Ben needs to create the famous Franklin Stove. Thrilled to have such a great mind at hand, Franklin works out an agreement with Amos and the two go on living and working together. When the Revolutionary War takes a financial toll on Washington's army, the two go to France to borrow from the French and Amos is able, with a great deal of help, to save one beautiful female mouse named Sophia and her seven children. After this final adventure, Amos is ready to settle down to a quiet life in his old age and thinks Ben should, too.
The back cover says the book is for ages 8-12. I think it might be a little tough for 8 year olds, with a large number of big words, but it's amusing enough that an 8 year old might make the effort to learn the words and expand their vocabulary. For the parents who worry about every little word in every book their kid reads, there's a couple disparaging "stupids" and one sentence that has Ben Franklin "tossing off" a shot of brandy. For those who just want their kid to enjoy a book and learn new words, this one's WELL worth it.
A great read for the kids who rooted for Wilbur in Charlotte's Web or those who zoomed along with Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows.
Now- where did I put my copy??
Walt Disney thought so too and he made "Ben and Me" right after Disneyland opened up. So soon it will be the 50th anniversary of the cartoon. I don't think the cartoon is a feature length film, but I know it's longer than the average Looney Tunes--probably around half an hour. Charlie Ruggles played the dim-witted likable Ben, fussing with his glasses and kindly making Amos little treats. As for Amos, his voice was that of Aterling Holloway whose voice was used in so many Disney movies he was practically an employee at the Mouse Factory.
For Disney, the challenge of animating another mouse (besides Mickey, who had made Walt famous) was immense. It is said that Disney really dug Lawson's story of a mouse who uses his power to make a human famous, for it was his own story in a way.
The book is great for kids and if you like this one, check out MR REVERE AND I, sort of the same story except told by a horse--the horse Paul Revere used on his famous ride that starts out, "Hardly a man is still alive!" Well, as you can imagine from BEN AND ME, that horse has a very different story to tell that Longfellow did! Heartwarming and historic.
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Another childhood favorite of mine which I hope will encourage my son to read and learn. I loved this book. I will admit Amos is a bit more snarky than I realized as a kid.Published 3 months ago by Swenhund
Bought this for both my kids! They had this movie when they were kids and I wanted my grandkids to see it too!Published 8 months ago by wmumom
I read this book when I was in grammar school, and I cannot tell you how many decades ago that was, yet to this day I recall the book over all the other books I read back then. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bobbie Christmas