Friday, February 7, 2014

Franklin's Day with Dad - a book review

Quote of the day:

 "I don't know what your childhood was like, but we didn't have much money. We'd go to a movie on Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library.  It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book."
                                                                           -Robert Redford

Franklin the Turtle is a Canadian children's book franchise. All of the books in the original series were authored by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark.
The book series has been adapted twice into television series: the 1997 animated series Franklin and its 2011 CGI-animated update, Franklin and Friends. The first books in the "Franklin and Friends" series were adapted by Harry Endrulat, while later books were adapted by Caitlin Drake Smith.  -Wikipedia

Title:  Franklin's Day with Dad
Adapter:  Caitlin Drake Smith
Ages: 3-7

Franklin books are a favourite in the library and this book will be an added plus to the already popular series.  Franklin goes over to his friend Fox's place and wants to play but Fox has planned a "Day with Dad" and is not available.  Franklin loves the idea and hurries home to connect with his dad and have a similar type day.  He plans bumpy buggies, kite flying and their all time favourite - fishing.  His plans get put on hold as his father is asked time and time again to help out family and friends in the neighbourhood.  Franklin although disappointed that his personal plans have been thwarted learns a very valuable lesson. It is very important to help others out who need you and and spending quality time with his dad doesn't necessarily mean playtime together.  They work side by side throughout the day making others safe and happy, and in so doing, they are happy and content spending quality time together.
The illustrations are wonderful and expressive.  The colours are vibrant and appealing to the reader.  The Franklin books are all about family and positive relationships.  I highly recommend this book and if you are not already familiar with the series I hope you will now become an avid supporter and start a Franklin collection for your child to read and enjoy.

About the Adaptor:

Caitlin Drake Smith is a book editor, food enthusiast, and culture addict.  She is on Facebook and Twitter. This book will be published on April 1, 2014.

                                               Book Review Rating:   8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Happy Friday everyone! 
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