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Summary: Franklin the Turtle has a large pumpkin growing in his yard. The Fall Fair is coming up, and all of his friends are submitting things, each one hoping to win a blue ribbon. Franklin is not sure what he can do with the pumpkin. When his sister comes home crying, he helps make her day better, and in the end wins a blue ribbon in his own unique way. This story, based on the television character Franklin, is part of the Kids Can Read series.
Type of Reading: family reading, easy reader, learning to read, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book out at the library. She loved it. The drawings were exactly like the TV show, so she felt like she already knew the characters. She enjoyed how Franklin got a prize for something very unexpected. When Franklin helped his sister, she mentioned that he was being a good brother.
Adult Reader Reaction: It is always good to read stories where the characters are kind to each other and have fun too.
Pros: This is a fun story. It's easy to understand, and because of the link to the TV show, it will resonate with new readers and pre-readers alike.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a cute story, but once you have read it you know the ending and the surprise is gone. It would be good to have in a library but not necessarily a home library.
Educational Themes: This is a story with life lessons for kids: it is good to be creative; it's important to find things you are good at all by yourself; and it can be fun to help make your brother/sister happy.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader series, family
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at barnesandnoble.com. No reader feedback found.