As a writer, I truly enjoyed seeing how the book's author, Barb Rosenstock, located such a kid-friendly fact within the volumes contained in the life of this famous man of Colonial-American history. And I loved how, in turn, she spun that event into a lively story that kids can relate to--wishing to swim like a fish. Rosenstock's clever use of alliteration throughout the entire book is a bonus that makes for an enjoyable read-aloud.
The illustrator, S.D. Schindler, does a fabulous job weaving historical facts into the book. (Love those shoes and clothes!) And the color palette gives the book a historical feel. My favorite illustration? Seeing Ben, submerged up to his nose, with his swim-fins on and three fish fleeing from him with bug-eyed wonder!
The book's layout, wonderfully designed (and published) by Calkin's Creek, is gorgeous! The text often gives a sense of water moving. And I think it's quite clever how the big, blue font hints of Ben's later-learned skill of printing.
BEN FRANKLIN'S BIG SPLASH; THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION is one picture-book biography that I'm sure kids in every elementary classroom will enjoy.