underGround - written and illustrated by Denise Fleming
It's hard to resist resist the poetic and gorgeous illustrations Denise Fleming gives us in this wonderful book. She shows and writes "Creatures dig/Past highways and by-ways/Squirm-ways and worm-ways./ And there they are, chipmunks and worms and moles, all kinds of creatures doing things underGround! The back matter identifies each of the animals shown, and gives additional information about how they work underGround. Young children will be fascinated.
Ben Franklin's Big Splash - written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by S.D. Schindler
The extended title of this book says "The mostly true story of his first invention", so I guess this isn't exactly non-fiction, but there is also extra back matter about Benjamin Franklin's life, including a timeline, and it is based on a true story. The story focuses on one invention mentioned and that is swim fins. Ben Franklin loved to swim, and even growing up, he was always asking "what if", and what is written as his first invention is "swim fins." The story integrates some other bits of history, like the fact Ben is looked upon as strange because he swims a lot. During the Revolutionary War era, the book tells us that most people, even sailors, did not know how to swim. It's a fun book that can introduce young children to this famous man.
I have a few biographies from the library, looking forward to those, too! Happy Reading!