Customer Reviews: Franklin's Christmas Gift (Classic Franklin Stories)
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on 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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on 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. We cannot part with any of our stuff, sometimes even when that thing has out lived its usefulness. Christmas is a good time to put those priorities in order. Franklin does just that, and it will instill the gift of giving in those who read Franklin's Christmas Gift.

Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher.
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on 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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on February 4, 2012
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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VINE VOICEon 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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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. The true meaning of Christmas is brought to light in Franklins Christmas is better to give than to receive. My husband and I are struggling right now with trying to explain the importance of giving to our children. Our world places our children front and center and our frustration rises when they fail to see how lucky they are. I purchased this book and plan to read it many times before Christmas. Franklin and his pals are easy to relate to and my children really enjoy these story books. With Franklin at my side my children will become more generous and grateful through the lessons taught in this story. I rate this Franklin book 5 out of 5!!!
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on 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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on 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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on 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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HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon November 14, 2006
"Franklin loved Christmas. He could name all of Santa's reindeer. He could tie ribbons into bows and play 'Silent Night' on his recorder. Franklin liked to give presents and to receive them. But this year he couldn't decide what to give to the Christmas toy drive." -- From the book

Every Decemember, Mr. Owl's students donate toys to needy families--toys that could either be brand new or gently used.

This year, Franklin sifts through his toy box to select something for the holiday toy drive. He discovers some forgotten toys, like a shiny red car and a stuffed elephant. Finally, he decides that he wants to keep everything--except for a rusty truck with a missing wheel.

Franklin asks his father to help him fix the truck, but his Dad tells him that it won't look new or even gently used. Franklin replies that "everything else is too special to give away".

Franklin's Dad then talks to him about the importance of generosity.

The next day, Franklin realizes that all his friends are giving away their FAVORITE toys--causing Franklin to re-think his selection for the toy drive. Now, he worries that he won't be able to find a toy that's special *enough*!

Featuring gorgeous, colorful illustrations, Franklin's Christmas Gift is a wonderful holiday tale showing that the best gifts come from a willing heart--and that giving special gifts can generate feelings just as wonderful as those experienced when receiving them.
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