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Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step into Reading) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Murphy , Richard Walz
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Book Description

A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the "magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal! Teachers and kids will love finding out about this popular teaching tool that is still used in elementary schools today!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11449 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (29 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Magically magic" 23 Oct. 2010
Very highly recommended, this Step 4 book that comes with longer paragraphs for ready readers grades 2-3 introduces kids to Benjamin Franklin, one of the greatest figure in the American history - his life and his many accomplishments through humorous texts and vivid illustrations. It starts with Ben as a curious and inventive kid, to his famous newspaper (The Pennsylvania Gazette), his Almanac as well as his well-known quotes such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". BEN FRANKLIN AND THE MAGIC SQUARES also reveals many inventions that are attributed to him and adds dimensions to the Ben Franklin whom I simply know as a great writer who helped Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Over the years, he also started America's first library, first fire station, first hospital and when he was a clerk for the Assembly, he invented the magic squares. I am very happy that my kids get to know this founding father first from the book: his greatness is fully humanized and the kids also get to meet his cute squirrel pet, Skugg. In one book, kids learn good English,great American hero and also amazing math - Franklin's magic square that the sum in any vertical, horizontal and diagonal row and colume will all add up to the same number - 15! This book, like what Ben shouted, is itself "magically magic".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading and Math Together 1 Dec. 2001
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on
This is a whimsical book that still adheres fairly close to facts about the muti-talented Benjamin Franklin. (Frank Murphy notes on the last page that Franklin really did have a pet squirrel, something that I thought was the author's invention). The book highlights Franklin's lifelong knack for inventions and chronicles his achievements as a publisher, sciencist, writer, and patriot. The book also introduces magic squares, showing how Frankinn invented one as he sat, bored, waiting to take notes for the Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly. There's a good explanation of magic squares (a nine-cell table in which 3 numbers counted vertically, horizontally, or diagonally add to the same number), and instructions on how to make your own magic square. With 48 pages and colorful, evocative pictures, this book will appeal to the young reader, historian, and scientist.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fun! 11 Jun. 2001
By Lisa A Raun - Published on
Mr. Murphy has a way of bringing history "to life" with his wonderful and witty account of Ben Franklin's tale. This book is extremely well written and will captivate an audience of any age. The younger children will enjoy the illustrations, especially Ben's pet squirrel Skugg, and older children creating their own magic squares! The fun continues well after you are finished reading the book! I am eagerly awaiting Mr. Murphy's next books!! (and "just a tip"... look for Mr. Murphy's picture at the end of the story!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much slang and "super smart" language 24 Oct. 2009
By kalanamak - Published on
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After reading the book on Lincoln's hat and Washington and his dogs, I looked forward to this book. Unfortunately, someone made the decision to make it "cool" and the language is not what I'm teaching my son. Old Ben was many things, but I think the label "super smart" would make him roll over in his grave.
Into the Goodwill bin.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Book 25 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Frank Murphy has done an amazing job of making history fun. This is a great story, tying together a well-known figure and a classic math puzzle. On top of that, the illustrations are filled with humor. There is plenty for the eye to hunt out. From top to bottom, this is a wonderful book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 21 Nov. 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on
what other book can make math interesting? and funny? Mr. Murphy has done it once again with his fabulous work! A++++++++++++!


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