Electric Ben: Robert Byrd

Electric Ben: the Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Author/Illustrator: Robert Byrd
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: Byrd’s beautiful and colorful illustrations and detailed text take readers through the life and times of Benjamin Franklin.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss some of the quotes found on the endpapers of the book.  Older students can pick one and write a short essay about it, or write a fable based on it.
  • Discuss the life of Benjamin Franklin and some of the important facts in the book.  Have students pick 10 events from the timeline that particularly stood out.
  • Pair with more traditional informational books on Ben Franklin.  Which appeals more to the students?
  • Good for older readers.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. 

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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