A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin by Michael J. Rosen; illustrated by Matt Tavares. 2020.
Brief summary: This narrative nonfiction biography is a glimpse in the boyhood of Benjamin Franklin. Young readers can see another side of the famous man through his character as a boy. His grit to persevere when trying to solve a problem or improve an invention is a good model for young readers. It will also have children laughing with Benjamin’s antics especially when trying to figure out how to swim faster.
Ben’s father notices that his son excels at each of the tasks given to him by several different tradesmen. It’s just that Ben was not enjoying doing the same thing over and over. Hoping for his son to find a career, Benjamin is sent to his older brother, James, who works in a print shop. Benjamin enjoys printing and excels with this new skill.
Comments: This book gave us a glimpse of his personality as a child…full of imagination and curiosity and wonderment.
Notes are in the back.