An intuitive understanding of the things children love to know, combined with the d’Aulaire’s extraordinary artistic ability make this book on the life of one of America’s most beloved founders a perennial classic. Folk art style illustrations are enhanced with pert aphorisms from Poor Richard’s Almanac on each page.
Readers will learn that Benjamin was the youngest of seventeen children “all counted” and that “it was a piece of luck that his kite experiment had not killed him.” They will also come to know the inventor whose thirst for knowledge led him to constantly seek to improve the lives of his fellow men. Readers will follow his life as a leader in the American Revolution and ambassador to both Britain and France and learn why the French hailed him as the man who “tore the lightning from the sky and the scepter from tyrants.”
About the Authors
The beautiful picture books of the D’Aulaires have delighted countless children. Ingri Mortenson and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire met in Munich while both were studying art in the 1920s. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the United States and began to create picture books, working as a team on both art and text. Their research took them to the actual places of their biographies, where the fact that they spoke five languages fluently served them well.
Other Great Titles by the D’Aulaires include
- Abraham Lincoln
- Leif the Lucky
- Buffalo Bill
- George Washington