Thursday, January 15, 2015

Franklin and the Radio by Caitlin Drake Smith- OPTIONAL

Smith, Caitlin Drake Franklin and the Radio. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, Limited, 2014. $5.95. Content: G. 
Franklin and his family are cleaning out their house.  They have made two boxes: the giveaway box and the junk box.  One thing that Franklin has put in the junk pile is an old radio that he absolutely loved but no longer works.  When he gets to Foxes’ junkyard, Fox looks through the box and is excited about the broken radio and asks if Franklin would mind if Fox took the radio.  Franklin gives the radio to Fox.  Fox has a dad who is great at fixing things and he fixes the radio. Fox then paints it a new color and adds stickers to it.  Fox proudly brings the radio to school the next day so everyone can enjoy the music.  Franklin is torn about how he feels about seeing his once broken radio now working and looking better than ever.  How does Franklin resolve his feelings?  Will the radio interfere with Fox and Franklin’s friendship?  
This is a fun book about resolving tough situations and how following one’s heart is always the best answer.  The illustrations are bright and bring the reader into the story. Although the story is important, it was a little boring at times.  We didn’t love this Franklin book as much as other’s we have read.  
PRE-K. EL (K-3).  OPTIONAL. Reviewer: SL

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