Benjamin Franklin was a statesman, author, wit, inventor, printer, writer, and more – a true Renaissance man. His keen observations and clever innovations still impact us today. In this “Special Appearance Video,” viewers briefly meet the book’s author/illustrator, Gene Barretta, and learn about his interest in Franklin. The narrator then takes viewers on a voyage of discovery, pointing out modern conveniences that may have largely resulted from Franklin’s work. The extensive list includes not only inventions such as odometers and eyeglasses, but also public services like post offices and libraries, and ideas such as daylight saving time, the use of the gulf stream for more efficient shipping, and the importance of vitamin C in the diet. The narration is brisk and interesting. Barretta’s bright and detailed watercolor cartoon illustrations are scanned iconographically and simply animated. Some additional art has been created for this production. There are many compare and contrast opportunities here, and viewers are encouraged to consider how Franklin’s ideas might be modified for future use. This well-done production is a good introduction to an important figure in American history.