Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved A Mystery That Baffled All Of France

mesmerizedWhile Ben Franklin was in France raising money for the American Revolution, King Louis XVI asked Franklin to investigate mysterious Austrian Dr. Mesmer who claimed to cure illnesses by waving a wand around his patients while they listened to the music of a glass armonica. As Franklin debunks Mesmer’s magic, he explains the basic principles of the scientific method and the placebo effect. The lively and rhythmic text, which is excellent for reading aloud, and the humorous, digitally colored artwork, which is loaded with period detail, make this tale mesmerizing. A lengthy author’s note gives more fascinating information. mjw
Title: Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved A Mystery That Baffled All Of France
Author: Mara Rockliff
Illustrator
: Iacopo Bruno
Publisher
: Candlewick Press.  Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-6351-3
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Paris, France
Author’s ethnicity
: American
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Italy
Awards
: 2016 Orbis Pictus Honor
Subjects
: Biography; Electricity; Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790); History; Hypnosis; Mesmer, Franz Anton (1734-1815); Mesmerism; Music; Psychology experiments; Science methodology

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