April 20, 2018

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Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France

Mara Rockliff. illus. by Iacopo Bruno. Candlewick.

Gr 2-5–The elegant Dr. Mesmer and his mysterious force—said to alter minds and cure illnesses—had Paris entranced in 1776, until Ben Franklin, visiting France to seek support for America’s revolutionaries, stepped in with his no-nonsense attitude and scientific method to unmask un charlatan. Playful narrative and witty artwork provide an elucidating glimpse at history.