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Franklin's New Friend Hardcover – June 30, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Series: Franklin
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (June 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550743619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550743616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. Two books that present slices of life that have significance for children. In Franklin's New Friend, the turtle befriends Moose, who's new in town, even though Franklin is afraid of him because he's so large. In the second title, Franklin feels left out when his friends learn to ride their bikes without training wheels. As he tries to overcome his fear of falling, he realizes that other activities, such as swimming, are easy for him. Finally, he decides to put pads on his knees and elbows, and he learns to ride. In both titles, the writing flows smoothly, while the bright, cheery watercolor illustrations match the books' sunny outlooks. The only drawback, especially in the first title, is the ease with which resolutions are reached. Franklin overcomes his uneasiness around Moose to become his friend all in one morning. While this may be unrealistic, the author does present a positive picture of accepting others regardless of physical differences.?Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma's Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Brenda Clark is best known as the illustrator of the original Franklin the Turtle series written by Paulette Bourgeois. Other popular titles she has illustrated include Sadie and the Snowman, Big Sarah's Little Boots, and the award winning, Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

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Our kids LOVE the Franklin books.
Liz Pomeroy
They are beautifully illustrated and they are the perfect length for a bedtime reading.
C. Gafton
This is such a good story about how different animals can be such good friends.
Karen J. Langer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tami Lewis on November 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. I love the Franklin books. This book was about a moose that moved in and no one wanted to be friends with him because he was so big. Franklin ened up being friends with the moose at the end of the book. Moose is really nice and they are glad that they became friends with him.
If you ever get a chance to read this book please do so it is a good book to read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Moore on December 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We like the Franklin books, and so does our 3 year old son. Always a good lesson to learn, lots of animals doing things that my boy really enjoys. I don't know if any of the lessons have sunk in, but having a good example to follow is always a good idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on April 13, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 2-year-old loves this book. He recognizes the animals and likes to tell me about them. It has a good story about learning to make new friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
As with all of the books in the Franklin series, the topics are approached in an open and non-judgemental way. Franklin's New Friend presents Franklin with the arrival of a new family in his neighborhood. Franklin is encouraged by his parents and teacher to inbrace the potential of making a new friend, without dwelling on the possible misgivings his has. Franklin learns that making new friends is fun, and he does not have to change the relationships he has with his existing friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Grandson loves this book as well as the series on TV!
Arrived very quickly! Much appreciated!
Jacqueline Taylor
Apopka, FL.
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This was a good book to help children understand how it feels to be 'the new kid' at school or on the block. The only reason I didn't place this as 4 star (because the storyline was worth it) Franklin the turtle is a bit on the 'whiney' side for my taste and that is a negative in my book so one star was taken off for that.

Franklin sees movers moving new furniture into the house in the neighborhood. He becomes scared because the furniture is for GIANTS! He then realizes that a family of moose are moving in. He's never seen moose before and are afraid of them because they are so big and so different than him and his friends. When he gets to school the next day he finds out that his new classmate is a 'little' boy from the moose family but he's SO BIG! Mr Owl reminds everyone to be nice and welcoming to moose, and assigns Franklin to be Moose buddy for the day. Franklin doesn't want to and at first doesn't do a good job; going off and playing with his old friends and doing things away from Moose. But then Mr Owl pulls him aside and reminds him that not matter what our size we all can be scared in our life. And for him to think about if it was him moving to a new house, new neighborhood, school etc how would he feel... then Franklin changes his mind and realizes that Moose was lonely and frightened too. At the end of the book they are best buddies teaching children that making new friends is a good thing
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Format: Hardcover
There is a new family in the neighborhood - moose! When Franklin sees how big they are, he is scared and races off home on his bike. However, in class the next day Mr. Owl asks Franklin to be a buddy to Moose.

Read this delightful story of how it feels to be new in a place and no matter how big you are, you can still be scared. However, when you make an effort to make friends, it can all work out.

WONDERFUL message for children. Beautiful artwork. Our kids LOVE the Franklin books.
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