Mesmorized How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled all of France. Written by Mara Rocklift Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

MesmerizedDoes your son or daughter love history and science?

The setting of the story takes place in France.  Benjamin Franklin arrived in France to seek support from the King for the American Revolution,. While there he  stumbled on Dr. Franz Mesmer stirring all of France, with his new ideas on drawing power from the stars that allowed him to “Mesmerize” his patrons.

Women and men alike were flooding ballrooms to see Dr. Mesmer.

However, King Louis the XIV  wasn’t convinced and wanted to know if there was any truth or healing to Dr. Mesmer’s “powers”. So he sent Benjamin Franklin to check it out.

Read on to see how using the scientific method can prove or disprove a theory.

Katherine and I loved this book. Although the reading age is for 7 up she was intrigued by the illustrations and flow of the story. This is a 4 thumbs up for sure.







The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier

P1040388_Princess_bookSo I was thinking today as I sit here and stare at the stack of books that Katherine and I have read lined up for me to post. How much we really do love books. Recently while Volunteering at the American Library in Paris I was browsing through a large book called the 1001 Children/ Youth Books you must read before you die (or something like that). Looking through it I realized I had read a good number of the books either as a child or at least read them in school. As I flipped through the age groups a book in the 5+ stuck out to me. The title was “the secret lives of Princesses” by Philippe Lechermeier Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer the book was first written in French. However, an english version is published so I was excited! A reason this book stuck out to me was one….the illustration of the cover (AMAZING!) and two well I am living in France and anything about princesses is awesome to me and Katherine.

So as you may judge me for judging the book by it’s cover I do this because a cover a children’s book is going to be what draws the child in to read it. So publishers who have good authors pair them with amazing illustrator’s and so on.

I purchased the book “the secret lives of Princesses” and received it in the mail today. It is AMAZING the work of art for all the Unknown and Forgotten Princesses (which is the direct translation of the French Title) are so unique. The individual stories read like a Mother Goose rendition of fairytales.

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