Ben Franklin and His First Kite by Stephen KrenskyTitle: Ben Franklin and His First Kite
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Bert Dodson
Genre: Biography K-2
Theme(s): Science, invention, experimentation, social studies, colonial times, culture, and diversity.
Opening line/sentence: Ten-year-old Benjamin Franklin was hard at work in his fatherís candle shop.
Brief Book Summary: A young Ben Franklin works in his fatherís candle shop but does not enjoy it. He always looks forward to going home to invent and experiment with new things. His friends convince him that he should test if the kite can carry him across the whole pond where they always enjoy swimming.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: (Hornbook) 32 pp. Simon/Aladdin (Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing) 2002. LE ISBN 0-689-84985-0 PE ISBN 0-689-84984-2
(4) K-3 Illustrated by Bert Dodson. Ready-to-Read series. This fictionalized account tells of the day ten-year-old Benjamin Franklin used the wind and a kite to pull himself across a lake without swimming a stroke. Although it is unclear what Franklins experiment proves, the engaging text and watercolor illustrations accurately depict the eighteenth-century Boston setting. A timeline of important events in Franklins life is appended.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2: (CLCD) Sally Canzoneri (Childrens Literature)
Though billed as nonfiction, this is a fictional story based on an incident from Ben Franklins boyhood. There is a good deal of dialogue that is obviously fictional. Moreover, the events differ from Franklins own description of the day he used his kite to pull himself across a pond. In Krenskys version, young Ben purposely sets out to conduct an experiment using his kite. In Franklins description, he was trying to amuse himself with his kite and enjoy swimming at the same time, when he discovered that the kite would draw him across the water. Aside from concerns always raised by presenting fiction as nonfiction, the approach taken in this book is troubling. Young readers would probably like the real Ben Franklin better than the rather know-it-all character in this book; they would also learn that scientific discoveries are made by close observation of everyday events as well as through planned experiments. This book is one of the Childhood of Famous Americans series and a Level 2 Ready-to-Read book. 2002, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, $3.99. Ages 6 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Aladdin (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2002.)
Response to Two Professional Reviews: This book is perfect to teach studentís about the discoveries of Ben Franklin and his impact on our lives today. It is a slow moving story that gives a description of how accomplishing your dreams takes a lot of hard work and practice but I believe the interest of discovery will make this book enjoyable for young readers.
Evaluation of Literary Elements: The connection of a young boy that dreams is one many children can relate to which draws the reader in. The use of simple to read text and colorful pictures depict the events throughout the story. I did not like that the book did not have a final resolution to his experiment.
Consideration of Instructional Application: I think this book would be great for students to work on retelling of events that happen throughout the book to monitor their understanding. We can also have them devise their own invention through pictures and a story of the process that it would take including a planning and testing stage. Also they would describe how this would affect the people around them just like when you discuss in social studies how inventions have shaped our lives today.
Ben Franklin and His First Kite by Stephen Krensky
Ten-year-old Ben Franklin finds working in his father's candle shop boring -- he'd much rather be doing experiments. He can't wait to try out his latest idea. With nothing but a simple kite, can Ben get across the pond -- without swimming a single stroke? Language: English Copyright: Age Range: 5 to 7. At the beginning of spring, Franklin and all his friends have training wheels on their bikes. But soon Franklin is Please note that the Lexile measures for a small population of books have been recently updated.
Jump to navigation. On a June afternoon in , the sky began to darken over the city of Philadelphia. But not Benjamin Franklin. He decided it was the perfect time to go fly a kite. Franklin had been waiting for an opportunity like this. He wanted to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning, and to do so, he needed a thunderstorm.
Young Benjamin Franklin thinks working at his fathers candle shop is pretty boring. There are always other things he would rather be doing, like experiments. This story centers on his decision to hold onto a kite and see if the wind will take him across the pond without having to do any swimming. This is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand biography of someone in history kids will recognize. This is a good story. My daughter picked out this book. She liked the pictures.