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line Mesmerized
by Mara Rockliff (Author), Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)

How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled all of France

 “Mesmerized” is a story about Ben Franklin as he sets out to travel to France to recruit “help” for struggling revolutionaries. In France, he discovers many interesting scientific discoveries and amazing experiments. But one particular phenomenon has caught his attention.

People in France are talking about one Dr. Franz Mesmer who has discovered an amazing “Force”. A force that only Dr Mesmer can use to cure any ailment! People have been flocking to his residence for a cure by dozens.

Mesmerized Ben investigates

But not everyone is thrilled by this miraculous force. Doctors who practice traditional medicine are furious. Their patients won’t take their medicine any more. All they want is to go to Dr. Franz and be charmed by his magical wand that seems to cure all their ailments! Indeed, it seems as if Dr Mesmer has uncovered a force that is not like electricity or a gas or hot air inside a balloon.

So what was it then? asked the doctors. They presented their dilemma to the king of France. Finally, the king decided to call the one person who could figure out this whole mystery… Ben Franklin!

I love how this story is presented and the layout of the pages. The authors choose to highlight the principles of the scientific method: Observe, hypothesize, test and supporting evidence. Through the means of this incident of scientific mystery, the author engages the young reader through these principles. The layout of the pages and art work pop out and clarifies how Ben Franklin carries out his investigation and clears out the mystery for everyone.

Mesmerized the Scientific method

At the end there is a short write up with more information about the incident of Dr Mesmer and the discovery of hypnosis and Placebo effects.

A great real story to read about Ben Frankiln, about scientific method and a mystery to be solved.

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  1. As always, a wonderful recommendation! Can’t wait to check this one out.

    Thanks – stopping by via KLBH

  2. Carolyn

    This book looks amazing!! I love the concept and the illustrations! Looks like it weaves together science, history and story. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. This sounds fascinating – and I like the lvisula impact of the book too. I never realised the word ‘mesmerised’ came from a person… #KLBH

  4. I would be very interested in this book. It looks fascinating and I remember learning about this in psychology class. I love the illustrations. Thanks for sharing it this week on the KLBH

  5. This book looks fantastic! I love the vintage style pages.

  6. This sounds like a wonderful read. My daughter had to do experiments for science this year and this book may have helped her get a better understanding of the whole scientific method in an entertaining way. Thank you for sharing!

  7. What a cool book, we have to get it in our library. Thanks so much for another great recommendation on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  8. Reshama, I love the books that you find! This is one I’ll definitely get for my kid, as she is in a science oriented magnet, and studying Ben Franklin and his experiments. Thanks! (Oh, and visiting from the Blog Hop…)

  9. Oh how cool! I remember studying Mesmer in my Psychology course but I don’t remember the connection to Ben Franklin. How interesting! Thanks for your great recommendation in the kid lit blog hop.

  10. What a fun and engaging way to teach about a scientific discovery (or debunking)! Sounds like a great science-integration book. Thanks for sharing this with all of us via #KidLitBlogHop!

  11. What an interesting book. My grandson is a bit young for this, but in a year or so. Thanks for introducing me to another good read!


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