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Franklin's Thanksgiving
By Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated Brenda Clark

Review by: Lori Plach

     That lovable turtle who stars on his own TV show on Nick Jr is featured in this adorable new seasonal book published by Scholastic, Inc.
      Paulette Bourgeois wrote and Brenda Clark illustrated this book which is sure to become a family tradition. Family tradition runs rampant. Franklin liked everything about the holiday including pumpkin-fly pie and cranberry jelly and making decorations such as corn husk dolls and cornucopias. But most of all, he loved when the fact that his Grandma and Grandpa come for a visit. 
      However, this year, they receive a postcard from them saying that they are unable to join in the celebration. Franklin is worried that he will be lonely without them. So he take it upon himself to invite others such as, Mr. Owl and his mother and the Moose family to join in the celebration. Meanwhile, Franklin's mother invites the Bear family and Franklin's father invites Mr. Mole who can't travel far because of his broken ankle. All three of them think that their guests for dinner will be a wonderful surprise for the rest of the family. Mrs. Turtle gets a little confused when she sees how many places are set at the table but just adds 3 more for the Bear family which she invited.  All of the guests arrive, carrying platters and bowls heaped with food.  It's soon discovered that there isn't enough room for everyone in the house. Franklin comes up with a solution. They move the celebration out in the field behind the house so they can be just like the early settlers that Franklin learned about in school. 
     Everyone has a wonderful time with lots of good food and everyone says how thankful they are for good friends and family. Soon everyone has their share, including Franklin who has 3 servings of Pumpkin-fly pie.
Everyone decides to do it again next year and goes home. At the end,
Franklin's grandparents call and promise that next year they won't miss
taking part in the new tradition. 
     This is an excellent book which talks about sharing and being thankful for good friends and family. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to share the real meaning of Thanksgiving, its more than turkey, parades and football!

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