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Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step into Reading) [Paperback]

By Frank Murphy (Author) & Richard Walz (Illustrator)
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Item description for Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step into Reading) by Frank Murphy & Richard Walz...

Shows how Benjamin Franklin--inventor, writer, and scientist--created a puzzle called the magic square to keep from being bored while serving as clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly, and includes step-by-step instructions for creating your own magic squares. Simultaneous.

Publishers Description
A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the " magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal Teachers and kids will love finding out about this popular teaching tool that is still used in elementary schools today

Citations And Professional Reviews
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step into Reading) by Frank Murphy & Richard Walz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 294
  • Booklist - 07/01/2001 page 2023
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 294

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 27, 2001
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  4-8
ISBN  0375806210  
ISBN13  9780375806216  
UPC  090129003990  

Availability  106 units.
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More About Frank Murphy & Richard Walz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! FRANK MURPHY has taught a wide variety of grades at the elementary and middle school level. A history buff, baseball fan, and popular speaker, Frank is the author of many fun historical fiction books for young readers, including several popular Step into Reading History Readers.
RICHARD WALZ is the illustrator of many humorous historical Step into Reading books. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts."

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ben franklin and the magic squares  Mar 17, 2008
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares
Author: Frank Murphy

Reviewed by: Brianna - a Stockbrideg Central School 3rd Grader

This book is about Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin was a very successful inventor. Ben invented: flippers in 1717, the Franklin stove in 1742, and found out that lightning was made of electricity. He all so started: America's first library, America's first fire station, and first hospital too he even helped Thomas Jefferson write and rewrite the declaration of Independence in 1776.
There is narration through out the book and on every page there is information. There is very little text so it is easy to read. The book is told as a story it starts when he is a boy and goes through his life. I like this book because it gives a lot of information. I recommend this book to children who would like to learn about Benjamin Franklin. So read the book or you will be missing out!!!

Awesome book!!!  Oct 17, 2005
I love this book! It introduced me to magic squares. Sometimes they're hard but not always. I read the book in 3rd grade. We were doing math groups and Mrs. Wrigely said" Today we are doing Magic squares."
What is a magic square?" I asked.
"It is 9 cubes that all have to equal the same number." Mrs. Wrigely
And that's how I was introduced to magic squares. I recommend this book for kids 6 and above. I think that because some words may be a little challenging for kids that are 5 or 4.

Mitchell S. 4th grade


WOW!  Nov 21, 2004
what other book can make math interesting? and funny? Mr. Murphy has done it once again with his fabulous work! A++++++++++++!
GREAT BOOK!!!  Nov 21, 2004
I thought that ths book was really good! I thoght it was so interesting!! Mr.Murphy is my math teacher... and he is amazing at teaching!!! He did very well with all of the writers craft in it. In class for Language arts he encourages us to use writers crafts and he actually uses them in this book!! This book is very interesting for adults who are interested in math and Ben Franklin. It is also a great book for children who are interested in math and Ben Franklin!! I love math because it is so interesting and because I have a great math teacher!!

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