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Summary: When Franklin meets up with is friends, all of them are sad. They can't find their baseball. They hit it, but now it's lost. Franklin listens to what they do know and then sets out to find where the ball. Can he find the ball all by himself? Did his friends give him good clues? This book, based on the characters in the Franklin TV series, is part of the easy reader chapter book series Kids Can Read.
Type of Reading: family reading, easy reader, read aloud book, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 2
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book out at the library. She liked the story, and especially liked trying to figure out where the ball went. She enjoyed helping Franklin solve the mystery.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is easy to follow and has a good message about persistence.
Pros: The story offers pre-readers and early readers a fun story, with a cute ending. Parents will like that it has a positive message.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good story but once you know where the ball went, the story loses its intrigue. It is a good library book!
Educational Themes: In addition to helping your child build their vocabulary and practice their reading, you can draw elements out of the story that have meaning for their daily life. You can talk about persistence (even when others walk away or do not support you); friendship; and problem solving.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, mystery, easy reader series
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008
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