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Franklin's Christmas Gift (Classic Franklin Stories) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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This book was in horrible condition...not the "good" that I was expecting. Very dissapointed.Published 13 months ago by nicole storm
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
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
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 morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Glenajo
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 morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Lisa F- Bookworm Lisa
What a sweet reminder to all children this holiday, that no matter what we have it's still more than what others have. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Gina Hott
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 Antinora