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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2000
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Franklin came to our rescue by going to the hospital for an operation. My three-year-old son needed surgery and I wanted to prepare him for all the strange equipment, people, and procedures he would experience. This Franklin book actually had him excited to see the hospital. Many of the routine procedures were familiar to him after reading Franklin. His only disppointment was not seeing Dr. Bear at his hospital.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian, this is the best book I've found so far for children that explains what a trip to the hospital is like. In the story, Franklin accidentally gets a crack in his shell while playing soccer, and must have a simple operation to fix it. Franklin is nervous, and tries to be brave, but inside, he's a little frightened. Everything is explained, in detail, from the hospital bracelet with your name on it, how an X-Ray machine works, even the numbing medicine put on Franklin's hand so he doesn't feel the needle for the anesthetic. It also explains that while your parents cannot be in the operating room with you, they will be right there when you wake up! As with all the Franklin books, the illustrations are beautiful, and this book is no exception. All of the details are there, right down to the rails on the hospital bed and the IV stand. I highly reccommend this book to any child who's nervous about a stay in the hospital, or simply to anyone who's curious!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was great for preparing my daughter for an upcoming surgery. It went through the basics of what she would experience, even if the reason for the surgery was different, and it was done with a character she was already familiar with. The day of her surgery she was telling me what would happen next.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This shows that it's ok to be scared at the hospital. Franklin got hit in the chest at a soccer game. He ends up having to go to the hospital. He thinks that when you take a x-ray. Everyone will see how scare you are inside. Franklin didn't want everyone to know how scared he was. This a good book for any child that has to go to the hospital. I t shows you don't have to be scared. The doctors and nurses are there to help you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am 8 years old and I went to the hospital for a cast on my arm and I was really scard and I got this book and read it every day but i also got surgery when I was 5 but I dident have the book yet but I hid onder my bed for 1 hole hower and then it was time to go to the hospital I came home and I was glad I dident have to do it again and a few days ago my friend had a prblem with her independex and she went to the hospital and she felt a lot better i almost had surgery done on my independex it's no big deal. by lisa goldberg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is honestly the best book to prepare your child for a hospital stay/surgery. i am a pediatric nurse at a hospital and a mother. my 2 1/2 yr old recently had to have surgery and an overnight stay at a hospital. i bought a few books to prepare him and after reading the others we completely abandoned them for this one. my son has never seen Franklin before so i can't even use the excuse that he is a "fan" of franklin. this book goes into great detail about what to expect. it is very sweet in that it explains that being a brave patient doesn't mean you aren't scared. my son was so well prepared for his hospital stay that he truly handled it very well. the nurses, surgeon and anesthesiologist even told me that when he got into the OR he was asking questions about the machines. we still read this book because he likes it so much. the only thing i found odd was that it explained that franklin's parents went home at night. i'm not sure how other hospitals work but where i work and where he had surgery both hospitals allow parents to spend the night. but i just explained that i would be with him the entire time and that daddy would be there during the day. i could not give higher reviews for this book. it is by far a very well written book and i plan on recommending this to anyone preparing their child for a hospital stay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This book was a great help to prepare my 4 year old daughter for surgery. Once she was at the hospital, everything was known and already seen in the book and she had fun.. I highly recommend it to relieve the anxiety before a surgery
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was great for my six year old preparing to go to the hospital.It was really important for him to realize that it is okay to be scared,that it is part of the whole experience,you just need to talk about it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Kids love Franklin the turtle and so if they have to go the hospital, this book will really help.

Franklin's shell hurts when he's trying off after having a bath. He learns he'll have to have an operation. He shows his friends a book he got all about the hospital and all his friends think that he's very brave. But he worries that he might not be as brave as everyone thinks.

I think it's neat that this book teaches on two fronts --- both technical stuff about the hospital and also about courage and feelings.

Note that while this book has the names Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark on the cover, an examination of the title page reveals that it is actually written by Sharon Jennings (who has also done many of the TV storybooks) with illustrations by Shelley Southern. It's still a neat book though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my daughter when *I* had to go to the hospital to have surgery, so she wouldn't be frightened about what might be happening to me. She is a big Franklin fan and really likes books about doctors and hospitals, so she wasn't a difficult audience, but this is a great book even so. It explains all the hospital procedures in detail without being scary, and the storyline of Franklin being brave keeps it interesting. We've read it many times; it's one of her favorites.
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