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Library : Book Reviews > Franklin's Christmas...

Franklinís Christmas Gift
By Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Brenda Clark

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     Franklinís class was planning a Christmas toy drive but poor Franklin does not know what to donate for a gift. Every year, Mr. Owlís class would donate toys to needy families. These toys could be new and even gently used. They had three days to choose their gift. The next night, Franklin dug through his toy box to see what he could bring in for the sale. He found lots of toys that meant something special to him, like his stuffed elephant, his red car, and his marble collection. Finally Franklin picked out a rusty truck with a wheel missing, and approached his father to see if together they might fix it. Franklinís father reminded Franklin that Christmas is for giving and told him the truck was more then gently used, it was in rough shape.         
      Franklin takes more time to think about what he would like to donate, and while pondering this decision he is reminded by his teacher that these gifts may be the only thing a child may receive this year. When Franklinís aunt sends a gift to Franklinís house, he remembers that she always gives something that is special to her. He thinks about this and finally decides to give his shiny marbles to the toy drive. He knows that he will miss them because he worked hard to win them and they each mean a lot to him. After he donates them Franklin feels good all over, the same way he feels when he gives his aunt a play that he wrote and dedicated to her. Franklin likes this feeling, and your child will too. 
      I recommend this book for ages 3 to 8. It is full of bright pictures, and the story line leads to a lot of good conversation with the children you are reading it to. From this book your child will learn that Christmas is not only about getting gifts, but that giving of yourself is the best part!

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