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Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France

by Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Published by Candlewick Press, 2015
45 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩63663513

Ages 812

Scientific discoveries were all the rage the first time Ben Franklin visited Paris. His own work showing lightning was the same as electricity梐rrived at through the scientific method of observation, hypothesis, and testing梬as among the ideas that dazzled Parisians. Then a man named Dr. Mesmer captivated the French city with his claims that he had discovered a mysterious force that 搒treamed from the stars and flowed into his wand and with which he could cure sickness (not to mention make people swoon, twitch, and tremble). On a return trip to Paris, Ben used the scientific method to prove that mesmerizing was a hoax (and a lucrative one at that): It was all the power of suggestion. This expansive and entertaining picture book is told and illustrated with humor and pizzazz while introducing, explaining, and reinforcing the scientific method. A lengthy author抯 note tells more about Franklin and Mesmer in Paris.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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