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. Volume XX Number 12. . . .November 22, 2013
"Franklin can tie his shoes. Franklin can count by twos." These are the famous lines found at the beginning of each tale in the animated television series, as well as in each storybook. These famous sentences are repeated at the beginning of each story, igniting nostalgia and creating great flow and connectedness throughout the series.
If the television show theme song starts humming from your lips as you leaf through this and other Franklin books (performed by our very own Bruce Cockburn), then you have been charmed by this delightful turtle and his community of forest friends. Franklin stories are rich with everyday follies that many children experience - from finding a lucky penny to figuring out how to share a bike with a friend. The author has chosen a warm and compassionate character to show young readers that their life experiences are valued.
The Franklin series is a perfect addition to bedroom and schoolroom shelves, preferably situated near large pillows in a cozy corner, enveloped by soft lighting. The stories provide the context for kids to think about day-to-day decision making and how the power of friendship is a constant force in our lives.
The story continues with Franklin’s discovery of a stopwatch and how he decides to time everything in his day, including all of the tasks his friends enjoy at the playground. Franklin learns how to curb his enthusiasm as he realizes how timing everything was affecting his friends.
Regardless of your stage as a reader, this collection can be enjoyed in a read-aloud or silent reading context.
Carrie Subtelny is a literacy consultant, instructor and tutor in Winnipeg, MB.
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