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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 (16 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: #277,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book February 18, 2013
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It has nice, colored pictures and my small children really like this book. We enjoyed reading it together this Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! December 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a parent I loved the theme of thinking of others at Christmas. My child loves Franklin so as a gift this was awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of a Classic February 4, 2012
By Glenajo
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. Owl, tells the students to begin thinking about what they will bring to donate to the classroom toy drive for needy children and the excitement begins. When Franklin goes through his own toys, everything seems too special to give away, but after receiving a gift from his aunt, Franklin realizes that nothing is special enough. After much thought, Franklin settles on a gift and in the process learns much about giving.

Franklin's Christmas Giftt is an excellent addition to the Franklin series. The students relate to the familiar stories and the beautiful illustrations. Christmas Gift helps students understand the joy of giving, using well-known characters. Pre-K through second graders will enjoy this addition to Franklin.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lesson for Kids January 26, 2012
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. His class is taking donations for less fortunate children.

Franklin learns a lesson on charity and not being selfish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration! January 25, 2012
What a sweet reminder to all children this holiday, that no matter what we have it's still more than what others have. A terrific reminder for our children - and us - of the unselfishness of Christmas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 days ago by nicole storm
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Child loves this series.
Published 4 months ago by Roderick
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Christmas Story to Give and Get
Franklin loved Christmas. He could name all of Santa's reindeer. He could ties ribbons into bows and play "Silent Night" on his recorder. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Giving.....
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... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by LadyInRead
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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