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.







Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their parents by Lita Judge


A great big 4 Thumbs up for: Born in the Wild by Lita Judge is one of the best nonfiction picture books I’ve read. The illustrations are simply beautiful and full of detail. You really can see into the heart of Lita Judge and her passion for animals. Her details in the way the baby animals interact with their parents is perfect. While the reading is light it gives children just the right amount of factual information to appreciate the care, love, protection and nurturing the mammal species share. Judge draws children closer to their environmental world through the facts and similarities the children see in the care animals and humans share. The end of the book also offers more detailed information on the animals mentioned in the story for readers who want to know more.

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