Now and Ben

Author and Illustrator:  Gene Barretta


What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you’d set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight saving time, invented bifocals and the odometer—all inspired by his common sense and intelligence.

This is a fun read and an innovative introduction into the incredible life of Ben Franklin.    We chose Barretta’s book as a supplement text to our beautiful books about the lives of famous people, Papa and Me and On a Beam of Light.  Also, consider using Now & Ben as an effective  mentor text for a creative writing model.  If you enjoy this book by Gene Barretta, be sure to check out his other selections such as: Timeless Thomas (Edison) and Neo Leo!