January 17: Ben Franklin. SO SAID BEN

Ben Franklin, founding father, inventor

Jan. 17, 1706-Apr. 17, 1790

So Said Ben by Michael McCurdy (Creative Editions, 2007)

A
sampling of about a dozen of Ben’s favorite proverbs and bits of widsom
in this biography while focusing on Ben’s traditional American values
and views on the world.

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January 17: NOW AND BEN: THE MODERN INVENTIONS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Benjamin Franklin, founding father, inventor
January 17 1706- April 17, 1790

Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta (Henry Holt and Co., 2006).

This
book focuses on the modern conveniences resulting from Ben Franklin’s
past work and brings the ingeniousness of the innovations to life. It
introduces readers to some of the more obscure inventions like
Benjamin’s glass armonica (musical instrument).

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January 17: HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING

Benjamin Franklin, founding father
Jan. 17, 1706-April 17, 1790

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightening by Rosalyn Schanzer (HarperCollins, 2003)

Reveals
the story of how Ben Franklin used his discovery of lightening to make
people’s lives safer. Children will enjoy the cartoon like bright
illustrations. A fresh look at the founding father who was among many
things an inventor at heart, curious to the core.

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January 17: I SHOOK UP THE WORLD: THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD ALI

Muhammad Ali, athlete

Jan. 17, 1942-

I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali by Maryum Ali, illustrated by Patrick Johnson (Beyond Words Publishing, 2004)

Three-time
winner of the World Heavyweight boxing championship, an Olympic gold
medal and numerous other awards, Ali was born Cassius Clay, Jr. in
Louisville, Kentucky. One of his most famous quotes is “Float like a
butterfly and sting like a bee.”

Visit the Kids section of Ali’s Official Website that highlights the many accomplishments of this African-American super athlete.