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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.


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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.

30 review for What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker (Creative Minds Biography)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maura Fenelon

    This biography tells the story of Benjamin Banneker, a remarkable man who both helped survey and lay out the street grid of Washington D.C. and created his own almanac for several years. Banneker worked on a farm he inherited from his grandparents while also practicing astronomy and advanced mathematics. I would put this book in a third or fourth grade classroom. While Banneker was never a slave himself, his grandfather was a slave, so the book also deals lightly with Benjamin's life as a free b This biography tells the story of Benjamin Banneker, a remarkable man who both helped survey and lay out the street grid of Washington D.C. and created his own almanac for several years. Banneker worked on a farm he inherited from his grandparents while also practicing astronomy and advanced mathematics. I would put this book in a third or fourth grade classroom. While Banneker was never a slave himself, his grandfather was a slave, so the book also deals lightly with Benjamin's life as a free black man during a time when slavery was prevalent; this can be a good introduction to slavery as a concept for students.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Short, pleasant kids biography of an impressive, self-taught man.

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    Stephen

    I knew nothing of this story and really appreciate it being presented to children nowadays. Kudos to the author and publisher.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com Benjamin Banneker was raised on a farm in Maryland. Growing up, he counted everything. He learned to read and constantly wanted to know more. He worked hard growing tobacco and fishing, but he wanted more than that out of his life. When a Quaker moved in nearby and started a school, Benjamin was permitted to attend. He lasted there about four years, until he learned all the Quaker had to teach him. One day in town, he encountered a man he knew. The man had a Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com Benjamin Banneker was raised on a farm in Maryland. Growing up, he counted everything. He learned to read and constantly wanted to know more. He worked hard growing tobacco and fishing, but he wanted more than that out of his life. When a Quaker moved in nearby and started a school, Benjamin was permitted to attend. He lasted there about four years, until he learned all the Quaker had to teach him. One day in town, he encountered a man he knew. The man had a watch that he let Benjamin borrow. Benjamin spent many hours taking the watch apart and documenting how all the pieces worked and fit together. It took Benjamin two years, but he recreated the watch and built his own working clock. People talked, and soon many wanted to come and see the man that built the clock. Life went on like this for Benjamin. He discovered something new and then had to master it. It was his mastery of astronomy and surveying that eventually landed him in the midst of President Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin was now part of the team that would design the layout of the new capital in Washington. Benjamin had only a basic education by today's standards, but Ms. Ferris goes on to document the amazing accomplishments one man made on his own. She shows what hard work and perseverance can accomplish.

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