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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Franklin the Turtle (Read Aloud Thursday)

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime again for another Read Aloud Thursday post over at Hope is in the Word!

I had never looked into Franklin the Turtle prior to this week and so I was delighted to find us up to the Bou's in our library section so that we could test drive this little turtle. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I found myself perfectly delighted! I like Franklin Turtle. Oh yes, yes, I do! Furthermore, so does Bookworm1 so it's a mutual thing.

I like Franklin for a number of reasons:

1. It is a longer picture book than we're used to reading, but short enough to still keep Bookworm1's attention. There is a solid story involved in each of the Franklin books and so I find myself being entertained right alongside Bookworm1.

2. The illustrations by Brenda Clark are bright and cheerful.

3. Franklin is part of a solid family with good moral values. When he is disobedient, I thought that his parents dealt with him reasonably. (I can't stand book characters who get away with murder and their parents accept their foul behavior as a fact of life, a.k.a., Cailou.) Franklin's parents hit the mark more times than not and so this mommy is satisfied.

4. The Franklin books deal with subject matters that are familiar to kids. For example, Franklin tells lies (and deals with the consequences), has a baby sister (that he is excited about), celebrates Christmas, and has a messy room (that he has to clean up.) Bookworm1 was able to connect and identify with Franklin very well.

In fact, even if we weren't familiar with the topic of choice for a particular title - take Franklin Goes to the Hospital for example - there was a message in the book that we could take hold of and talk about. For instance, in Franklin Goes to the Hospital, the doctor tells him that being brave doesn't mean you aren't scared. Being brave means doing something even though you are scared. We've talked a lot about that subject matter in this house and I like how clearly this particular Franklin title spelled out bravery in a manner that my three year old could grasp. This title turned out to be particularly handy in light of the fact that the day we read the book, we landed in the doctor's office thanks to a food allergy and Bookworm1 was called on to be very brave himself! I referenced the book the same day we read it and it settled him down because we had talked about bravery! You can't beat an experience like that with a book!

Bookworm1 likes Franklin because:

1. He's a turtle.

2. He's cute.

3. I don't know why, really. But I do know that he liked Franklin because many of the titles we brought home have been requested re-reads.

We've been reading a lot of Franklin the past few weeks. In fact, I've been delaying taking them back to the library so that we could enjoy them for a longer period of time!

Fun books with quality stories and no objectionable messages. I can't see any reason why we shouldn't go crazy over Franklin. And so I kinda have . . .

(I know he is a television show now but no, we haven't seen it. To learn more about it, you can visit the Franklin the Turtle website.)

In the meantime? Well, you might just find me picking up Franklin books from time to time to add to our growing home library.


  1. Franklin is a favorite in our home with M! She knew the books long before seeing the tv show, but the show follows the books well, in my opinion. (Franklin makes a mistake or has a decision to make...) I agree...great books!

  2. I like the books but I don't care for the show much. It is such a gentle setting.

  3. Yeah, I find Franklin fairly easy to tolerate, too, for a series. :-) In fact, the girls listened to a Franklin story today during school time.

    So glad you're back this week!

  4. We haven't tried Franklin yet, though I know there are several books available in our library. Franklin Goes to School sounds appropriate for this time of the year.

  5. I remember the Franklin books with a great deal of fondness. They're definitely winners.

  6. I'm not familiar with the turtle but he looks cute.