Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Franklin's day with Dad by Caitlin Drake Smith- OPTIONAL

Smith, Caitlin Drake Franklin’s Day with Dad. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, Limited, 2014. $5.95.  

Franklin loved to skateboard and went to see if his friend Fox wanted to join him.  Fox said that he would be spending  time with his dad because it was his “Day with Dad” day.  “What’s that?” Franklin asked. “It’s where I get to do special stuff with my day all day,” said Fox.  Franklin wanted to have that same kind of day with his own Dad.  Franklin’s Dad said that it sounded like a fun day, but first he needed to go to Mr. Mole’s store and get another rain barrel because the one they had had burst apart.  After the store, there was yet another item that needed his Dad’s attention.  It wasn’t long before the entire day was almost over and Franklin and his Dad spent every minute helping other people, not enjoying a special day doing fun things together.  When Franklin saw Fox a little later on, Fox asked how the special day was going.  Franklin replied that it hadn’t started yet, but would “once my dad finishes helping everyone.” Fox replied, “It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we’re together.” Franklin then realized that he HAD been having a special day with his own Dad, he just didn’t realize it! 

This is a great Franklin story that explores the topics of family, helping others, patience and solving problems.  The booked is based on the popular TV series and children will delight in the illustrations and storyline.   

Pre-K. EL (K-3).  OPTIONAL. Reviewer: SL.

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