Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

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Annotation: A young Benjamin Franklin, troubled by the fact that fish swim better than he does, tries to invent a way to swim more fluidly.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #90972
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-620-91446-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-84600-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-620-91446-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-84600-5
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2014931339
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin got an early start on the creative portion of his résumé. As an 11-year-old swimming fan, he was not content to idly paddle Boston's Charles River. Instead, he pondered important questions such as, "Why can't I swim like a fish?" which led him to his first inventions: swim fins and sandals. Basing her account on an excerpt from a letter Franklin sent to a fellow scientist in 1773, Rosenstock fictionalizes somewhat in describing how Franklin constructed these wooden swim aids. She also spotlights his curiosity and emphasizes the steps of the scientific method (problem, research, hypothesis, test, analyze, conclude) in describing Franklin's thought processes. Schindler's ink-and-­watercolor illustrations pick up the comical nuances of the text (especially Rosenstock's penchant for vivid alliterative verbs) and convey the imagination required for invention. Appended with a list of Franklin's inventions, source notes, and time line. Pair with Gloria Whelan's Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine (2014) for another inventive historical swimming story.
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In the eighteenth century, hardly anyone knew how to swim, but Ben Franklin was an avid swimmer. Young Ben constructs primitive flippers, but they slow him down. Ben concludes not that he failed but that he has not yet succeeded--a philosophy that will serve him well. The text's tone is light and optimistic; Schindler's ink and watercolor paintings are lively and breezy. Timeline. Bib.
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 3&12; Before he was an inventor, before he was a statesman, before he was a printer, Franklin was a young son of a soapmaker with big ideas and a penchant for swimming in the Charles River of Boston. This made him a bit of an odd duck at the time, as many people of the 18th century believed swimming could make them sick. With this "mostly true story," Rosenstock shares how even as a boy, Franklin possessed a powerful curiosity and a can-do attitude that led him to create swim paddles for his feet and hands that would help him move faster and better, much like the fish he observed in the river. The alliterative, sibilant text is a rollicking read to share aloud with young students ("where he slid off his stinky shoes, stripped off his sweaty stockings, squirmed out of his sticky shirt, shed his steamy breeches, and splashed in"). There is plenty of emphasis on words and phrases that are highlighted by colorful and distinct typefaces, some sliding down the page or shaped like a watery wave. The watercolor and ink artwork conveys joy and motion, with young Ben splashing into the water, gleefully trying out his fins. An extensive bibliography, source notes for quotations, and a time line of Franklin's life add to the veracity and strength of this story. This is a fun introduction to one of the nation's founding fathers and a solid addition to collections needing a different perspective on this American icon.&12; Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 667
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 167380 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:9.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q64077
Lexile: 1070L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM Book

Here is the story of Ben Frankin's first invention, his journey through the scientfic method, and the surprising successes that result when you're willing to make mistakes.

Every inventor has to start somewhere, and one of the greatest innovators in our history was no exception. Ben Franklin developed his first invention while doing what he loved best: swimming!  Barb Rosenstock's rhythmic, whimsical style is the perfect complement to S. D. Schindler's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations. Together they recreate history in an engaging and unique way. Both author and illustrator worked closely with Franklin experts, and the book includes Franklin quotes, an extensive author's note, timeline, and bibliography.


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