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What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker (Creative Minds Biography) [Paperback]

By Jeri Chase Ferris (Author) & Amy Johnson (Illustrator)
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Item description for What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker (Creative Minds Biography) by Jeri Chase Ferris & Amy Johnson...

A biography of the Afro-American farmer and self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor for the new capital city of the United States in 1791, who also calculated a successful almanac notable for its preciseness

Publishers Description
Carolrhoda's best-selling Creative Minds Biographies series appeals to a wide range of readers. Written in story format, these biographies also include inviting black-and-white illustrations.

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What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker (Creative Minds Biography) by Jeri Chase Ferris & Amy Johnson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 414
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 341
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 482

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Carolrhoda Books
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.89" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1990
Publisher   Carolrhoda Books
Age  8-11
ISBN  0876145217  
ISBN13  9780876145210  

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More About Jeri Chase Ferris & Amy Johnson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeri Chase Ferris is the award-winning author of eleven biographies for children and young adults. She specializes in biographies of women and minorities - people who have done great and important deeds, but have been overlooked in history. "We all like to be treated fairly," Jeri says. "Many of the people I write about were not treated fairly. My books set the record straight." She lives in California. This is her first book with Houghton Mifflin. Visit her website at!

Jeri Chase Ferris currently resides in the state of California.

Jeri Chase Ferris has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Creative Minds Biography (Paperback)
  2. Trailblazer Biographies (Paperback)

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > People of Color
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An excellent biography for children!  Nov 14, 2000
My mother bought me these books when I was in the 3rd grade. They got me through many book reports and biography assignments in elementary school. I had never heard of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth or Benjamin Banneker before. Even now that I am in college I remember things I learned from these books! I can't listen to a lecture on Washington D.C., slavery or African-Americans and not think about this book! These books are simple enough for any child to understand, and it might just spark they're interest in history too.
What Are You Figuring Now-Teaching History Through Literatur  Aug 20, 2000
The story of Benjamin Banneker has been a great addition to my class. I teach 7th,8th grade resource special education students in an economically disadvantaged part of rural east Texas. We read the story and study it with the use of vocabulary and questions which I have developed. The story is well written and easy enough for my slow readers to enjoy. I am very pleased to be able to teach history in this manner. My class is a reading class but we are able to use this simple book as a jumping off place to teach invention, hard work, overcoming obstacles and a myriad of other character building concepts. Highly recommended...

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