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Franklin's Christmas Gift (Classic Franklin Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Paulette Bourgeois , Brenda Clark
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin can’t decide what to donate to his school’s Christmas toy drive. At first, all of his toys seem too special to give away, then nothing seems special enough. With some inspiration from his Great Aunt Harriet, Franklin finally comes up with the perfect gift.

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About the Author

Paulette Bourgeois worked as an occupational therapist and a print and television journalist before she began writing for children. When Franklin in the Dark, was released in 1986, it became a bestseller—and the Franklin phenomenon was born. Paulette has gone on to write over 30 Franklin stories illustrated by Brenda Clark that have been published around the world. Although Paulette is best known for the Franklin books, she has also written other children’s titles, including a number of non-fiction books and the award-winning picture book Oma’s Quilt. Paulette lives in Toronto, Ontario. 
After graduating from the illustration program at Sheridan College, Brenda Clark worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s magazines and books. When she was asked to illustrate Franklin in the Dark, Brenda researched turtles and other animals in order to give Franklin and his friends as many authentic details as possible. In addition to over 30 Franklin collaborations with Paulette Bourgeois, the duo created another picture-book classic, Big Sarah’s Little Boots. Brenda Clark is also the illustrator of Sadie and the Snowman and the award-winning Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LOPNP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Franklin's Christmas Gift December 14, 1999
As a mother of three small children, I love all of the Franklin series books. This book was particularly poignant at this time of year when children get focussed on the recieving part of their holidays. It lead us into a discussion about giving and how that can feel just as wonderful as getting. After that, my children were actually eager to participate in donating toys to our local church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Franklin Christmas Story February 10, 2006
In "Franklin's Christmas Gift," Mr. Owl tells Franklin and his classmates that they should pick out a toy to donate to the school toy drive. Franklin gets home, but can't seem to find anything he wants to give away except an old, rusty truck. But when he starts to see what everyone else is bringing and learns how important it is, he reconsiders.

Another great "Franklin" story about sharing what you have to make others happy. Featuring the same sort of warm illustrations as other books in this series and a neat character --- Franklin's Great Aunt Harriet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Christmas Story to Give and Get December 19, 2011
Franklin loved Christmas. He could name all of Santa's reindeer. He could ties ribbons into bows and play "Silent Night" on his recorder. Franklin liked to give presents and receive them. But this year he couldn't decide what to give to the Christmas toy drive.

Each year, Mr. Owl's class donates new and gently toys for needy families. This year, Franklin cannot decide what to give. The only toy he will part with is his more than gently used truck. Franklin has three more days to donate. The next day he receives a gift from his Great Aunt Harriet, who knows how to give special gifts. Excited over the present, Franklin forgets all about a gift for the toy drive. On the eve of the third and final day, Franklin's Great Aunt visits. Finally, Franklin gets to open her gift. Franklin's time with his aunt inspires him take action.

Franklin's Christmas Gift is an inspiring story of love, giving, caring, and sharing. Children will learn the true meaning of Christmas - giving is better than receiving. Franklin found that his gift to Great Aunt Harriet gave him as much joy as it gave her. This is so true, especially this time of year. Picking out that one-of-a-kind gift, then watching the recipient open it, can be exhilarating. That feeling is the cause of cries heard in every home with a child. "Open mine! Open mine!"

The illustrations are Christmas bright; happy and joyful hues of green, red, blue, gold, and other sparkly colors. The drawings are cute. The words are an inspiration. I liked the tone of giving and the uncertainty Franklin shows in not wanting to part with any of his treasures. The items that we have, the things we collect, become more important than people do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Giving..... December 13, 2011
Franklin is a favorite at our home and we have a few books which I have read many times over. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I requested it for I was sure we will love it and that is what happened.
The importance and joy of giving is beautifully portrayed in the book. In this story, Mr.Owl reminds the children to bring toys (new and gently used) for the toy drive and as Franklin looks through his toys, he finds it hard to give away even one of his special toys. As he postpones the giving, he watches his friends donate wonderful gifts. When he realizes his toy might be the only gift someone receives, he also realizes that what he thought was special earlier will not work. Finally, his great aunt Harriet's words inspire him and he has the perfect gift to give away - which is both loved and almost new. He realizes that giving can make you feel not sad but all warm and good inside, better than even receiving.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the text just perfect for younger kids, as always with Franklin books.
My daughter was thrilled when she understood that the toys she has donated this year at various toy drives will light up some other little girl's face who would not have had a gift otherwise (I am just glad she did not question why Santa would not give them a gift, though I had an answer for them and hoped it would have worked!). I said that the little girl will thank the person who gave her the gift in her heart and you will know it!
This book is a definite `read many times over' book in our house.

Disclaimer: I received this book - Franklin's Christmas Gift - through NetGalley for a honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Giving! December 14, 2010
Any book- children or otherwise- that stresses the importance of giving is definitely worth reading!
In this holiday seasoned book, Christmas is approaching and the students in Franklin the Turtle's class are donating gifts for families and children who do not have any. Franklin has three days to choose a toy of his own to donate but is having a hard time choosing. His friends seem eager to give and are picking out appropriate toys while Franklin feels comfortable only giving away one of his old, rusty, broken trucks. Obviously, this will not do, a lesson Franklin learns when he shows up to school and sees the collection of almost new toys with which his friends are willing to part.
By the end of the book, Franklin comes to terms with what it means to give and on his own, without any undue pressure, he chooses a gift that is both cherished and almost new. He also makes a gift of his own for his favorite aunt and realizes that the act of giving the gift feels as good, if not better, than receiving a gift.
As far as style, content, and reading level, this is a your typical worthwhile Franklin book. Little attention is given to Christmas with regards to Santa, reindeer, vacation, etc, in this book. Instead, the focus is on giving and the joy it brings.
An excellent Christmas read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Condition not as described
This book was in horrible condition...not the "good" that I was expecting. Very dissapointed.
Published 4 months ago by nicole storm
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Child loves this series.
Published 8 months ago by Roderick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book
It has nice, colored pictures and my small children really like this book. We enjoyed reading it together this Christmas.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
As a parent I loved the theme of thinking of others at Christmas. My child loves Franklin so as a gift this was awesome.
Published on December 24, 2012 by Anthony J. Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of a Classic
Franklin's Christmas Gift is the re-release of a classic from the enduring Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois. At Franklin's school, Franklin's teacher, Mr. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Glenajo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lesson for Kids
This is a wonderful Christmas story. I love how Franklin faces a dilemma. He needs to pick out one of his precious toys to give to another child for Christmas. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Lisa F- Bookworm Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration!
What a sweet reminder to all children this holiday, that no matter what we have it's still more than what others have. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Gina Hott
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it immensely
Reading Franklin's Christmas to my son, made him realize that he is fortunate enough to donate some of his unused toys to the poor.
Published on January 8, 2012 by Elizabeth Antinori
5.0 out of 5 stars another hit
Many of you may know already how much I love Franklin and his group of furry friends. But for those that don't, I am here to tell you I am a huge fan of Franklin. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Mrs Mommy Booknerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Review posted at Heather's Musings
Franklin's Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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