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“Mesmerized”

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

During the American Revolution, in 1776, Ben Franklin traveled to France to gain support for America.

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The King of France asked the ever curious Ben Franklin to investigate Dr. Messmer, who had claimed to discover a new energy force that could heal people.

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Using the scientific method, Ben discovered that Dr. Messmer was a fraud and his force didn’t exist.

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Through many of his own experiments, Ben Franklin developed the steps for the Scientific Method.

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Author Mara Rockliff layers her story with history, mystery and science. At the back of the book, explanation is given about the Scientific Method as well as new science discoveries – hypnosis, the placebo effect and how the mind can actually help a person heal. This book promotes the discovery process, creative thinking, STEM, and experimenting.

TITLE: Mesmerized

AUTHOR: Mara Rockliff

ILLUSTRATOR: Iacopo Bruno

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2015

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery process, creative thinking, experimenting

I’d like to give a Shout Out to my friend, fellow blogger and writer, Beth Anderson, for introducing me to Mesmerized. Beth is also a former teacher. Please visit her blog at https://bethandersonwriter.com

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you wonder about? Write a hypothesis and conduct an experiment of your own using the steps of the Scientific Method to discover more about your wonder.

2) Throughout the story, French words are spoken. Using a French dictionary, look up these conversational phrases and words to find their meanings.

Mon chér

Merci

Au contraire

Je ne sais pas!

What other French phrases or words would you like to know?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Mara Rockliff, visit: http://www.mararockliff.com

To learn more about illustrator Iacopo Bruno, visit: http://illustrationfriday.com/2015/02/stunning-book-covers-by-artist-iacopo-bruno/