Ben Franklin's Big Splash (Hardcover)
The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
Calkins Creek Books, 9781620914465, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM Book Every inventor has to start somewhere, and one of the greatest innovators in our history was no exception. Ben Franklin developed his first invention while doing what he loved best: swimming Ben's Big Splash is the story of Franklin's first invention, his journey through the scientific method, and the surprising successes that result when you're willing to make mistakes. Barb Rosenstock's rhythmic, whimsical style is the perfect complement to S. D. Schindler's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations. Together they recreate history in an engaging and unique way. Both author and illustrator worked closely with Franklin experts, and the book includes Franklin quotes, an extensive author's note, timeline, and bibliography.
About the Author
Barb Rosenstock loves inventing stories. Her award-winning picture books include: Fearless, The Littlest Mountain, The Camping Trip that Changed America, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, The Noisy Paintbox, and The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, two sons, and two big poodles. Even though you can find Barb at the pool three times a week, she still doesn't swim like a fish (or even as good as Ben Franklin!). barbrosenstock.com. S.D. Schindler embraces the inventive spirit every time he illustrates a book--and he has illustrated many! An award-winning and best-selling illustrator, his recent titles include: We're Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson, Hornbooks and Inkwells by Verla Kay, and The Unforgettable Season by Phil Bildner. His books have won a Parents' Choice Award for Illustration, a Smithsonian Award for outstanding natural history title, and a Best Book selection by School Library Journal. S.D. lives in Philadelphia. sdschindlerbooks.com.