Aylea Stephens


Outstanding, Primary, Mara Rockliff, Iacopo Bruno, American Revolution, Science, Scientific Method, Benjamin Franklin, France, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


When the American Revolution was going strong, Benjamin Franklin went to France to charm Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette into sending help to the Americans fighting the war. When he arrived, the Parisians were obsessed with the idea of science and a man named Dr. Mesmer. Dr. Mesmer was flamboyant and mysterious, making impossible things happened and curing people of their diseases. Some people wondered if all the people were being fooled. Ben used the scientific method to discover what the secrets were behind Dr. Mesmer’s act and managed to get help from the French government to assist in winning the war.