________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 2004

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Franklin the Detective. (Kids Can Read).

Sharon Jennings. Illustrated by Céleste Gagnon and others.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2004.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $17.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-498-3 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-497-5 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Problem solving- Juvenile fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Franklin (Fictitious character: Bourgeois) - Juvenile fiction.

Grades 1-2 / Ages 6-7.

Review by Luella Sumner.

*** /4

excerpt:

Franklin can tie his shoes.
Franklin can count by twos.
And Franklin can follow clues.
Franklin is a detective.
When he puts on his detective hat,
and his detective coat,
Franklin is on the case!

 

Franklin uses his turtle brain to figure things out. He finds his mother's purse when she has absent mindedly put it in the fridge. When his friends, Beaver, Bear and Fox, lose their baseball, he tries to help them out. First, he follows a false line of reasoning and declares that the ball is in the pond. When his friends search for it there and do not find it, they are dubious about his detecting skills. So Franklin starts back at the beginning and follows the clues again, this time coming to the successful conclusion and finding the missing ball.

     This Franklin story leads the young reader to the old adage: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Perseverance pays off for Franklin in an entertaining and humourous story.

Recommended.

Red Rock, ON's Luella Sumner is a retired librarian.

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