Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story By Benjamin Franklin

This picture book was funny and kept the attention of the kids, so would be a worthy check out at the library.  The setting is when Thomas Jefferson had just written the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress is tearing his words to shreds.  Upset, as he thought he had written it perfectly, he is consoled by Benjamin Franklin, who tells him a story about a hatmaker who is trying to come up with the perfect sign for his new hat shop.  Each new person he meets tells him if he only did "this" or "that," his sign would be perfect, and each time he goes back and changes his sign.  In the back of the book is some information about Ben Franklin's storytelling and also about the writing of the Declaration of Independence, so this would be a good addition to a history lesson on this topic.

*Disclosure:  I received nothing for this review, we just liked the book.  If you follow the link and buy something, I receive a small commission.


Kansas Mom said...

I'm so glad to see you liked this book. I think we're going to read it next year in American History.

House of Brungardt said...

Yes, it will fit in well.