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

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By Mara Rockliff
Publisher Candlewick
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France
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Amazon Editors recommend this book for readers who enjoy chapter books with more complexity or entrylevel middle grade novels.Discover how Benjamin Franklins scientific method challenged a certain Dr. Mesmers mysterious powers in a whimsical look at a true moment in history.The day Ben Franklin first set foot in Paris, France, he found the city all abuzz. Everyone was talking about something newremarkable, thrilling, and strange. Something called . . . Science!But soon the straightforward American inventor Benjamin Franklin is upstaged by a compelling and enigmatic figure: Dr. Mesmer. In elaborately staged shows, Mesmer, wearing a fancy coat of purple silk and carrying an iron wand, convinces the people of Paris that he controls a magic force that can make water taste like a hundred different things, cure illness, and control thoughts! But Ben Franklin is not convinced. Will his practical approach of observing, hypothesizing, and testing get to the bottom of the mysterious Mesmers tricks? A riproaring, lavishly illustrated peek into a fascinating moment in history shows the development and practice of the scientific methodand reveals the amazing power of the human mind.

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1392 words1,392 words
48 pages48 pages
Lexile 690LLexile 690L
Grade 1 to 4Grade 1 to 4
Age 6-9Age 6-9
Published 2015Published 2015

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0763663514

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