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There was a man named Josiah Franklin He owned a candle and soap shop in Boston Massachusetts The sign for the shop was shaped like a blue ball Josiah had children but there were often not living at home Josiah invited guests to his home to talk and teach his children but the guests were not aware that they were invited to teach the Franklin children Both Josiah and his wife felt strongly about educating their children they took their childrens education very seriously Benjamin one of their children always listened to the guests he was a very bright child Benjamin taught himself to read when he was only five years old His parents wished that they could send Ben to school but they were very poor Once three very important men visited Josiah and told him of a new law which said that children must attend school Josiah sent Ben to the Boston Latin School because the only expenses were books and fire wood At the Latin School all the children were expected to learn fables by heart The fables had lessons which the school master thought was an important part of learning Bens best friends name was Nathan Ben helped Nathan learn the fable The Wolf and the Kid while Ben learned The Dog and his Shadow At the time of the recital of the fables the school master said and Ben will recite The Wolf and the Kid which was Nathans fable Ben thought If I say that it is Nathans fable then the school master will get into trouble If I recite the fable then Nathan will get into trouble Ben did nothing he simply stood there looking up into the sky Everyone said that Ben was lazy and that he could not even learn
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