Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson is a delighful tale for the younger set. It's the retelling of Benjamin Franklin's life through the eyes of his trusty right hand mouse. Historical fiction is a huge hit at our house. We spend a lot of time sorting through what parts of the stories are fiction and what parts are fact. For example Ben did indeed invent the lightening rod. The Declaration of Independence was not plagerized from a mouses emancipation from his human master. This is the first family readaloud we've had in a while that has had the little people clammoring for just a bit more. At only a little over 100 pages, I'm a bit sad to see it pass by so quickly. But makes it a great independent read for middle to late elementary. Great vocabulary opportunities as well. If I were into rating books, it'd be a definite 5 out of 5.
Forgot to mention my personal favorite part: The kids were so into the locations of the excitement that they actually enjoyed going through my old travel photos of the Palace of Versailles. It was a neat afternoon :o)