January 17: BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG SPLASH: THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION

Benjamin Franklin, inventor, scientist, statesman
b. January 17, 1706 (or January 6th)
d. April 17, 1790

BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG SPLASH: THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Summary:
How can the son of a soap maker find success? While swimming of course!
Eleven year old Ben Franklin was determined to swim like a fish and he
didn’t mind making mistakes along the way. This is an alliterative,
“mostly true” story of Franklin’s first invention-swim fins-and ow Ben’s
curiosity lead to later innovations that changed the world.

There are many websites dedicated to Benjamin Franklin. Here are just a few:

The Franklin Institute

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary website

Ben Franklin museum website.

Trivia
bonus: Ben Franklin’s birth certificate shows he was born on January
6th. In 1752, England and the British colonies switched calendar
systems, advancing everyone’s age by eleven days.

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