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Franklin Makes a Deal Books

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Franklin Makes A Deal - A good deal of lessons for the kids

  • Feb 28, 2005
Pros: Good lessons, not too long, Nice art

Cons: none, really.

The Bottom Line: Good for the 5-8 year old set, with several lessons to learn and talk about.

Franklin the Turtle is a perennial favorite of children. He has a TV series, books and computer games. This is a review of Franklin Makes A Deal, an excellent children's book that entertains and teaches good values.

Adapted by Sharon Jennings from an episode of the TV show, the story is about Franklin who wants to buy a super-duper spy kit. But it costs $10 and he has only $5. So he asks his dad for the extra $5 he needs. His dad makes him a deal: Paint the fence and I'll give you the money you need. So Franklin sets off. Soon his friends come around and through a series of deals with his friends; he gets the job done and rewards his friends for helping him.

I read the story to my 5-year old son and he was enraptured the entire time. He loves being read to him, but often he gets bored. At roughly 30 pages, this is not the shortest book in his library. But thanks to my lively "performance" of the book (as my wife likes to say), he was interested the entire time.

What Kids Will Learn
Kids should take away several values from the book. The first and foremost being that you have to work for your money by doing chores. In addition, the book teaches to always follow through on your deals. And finally, kids will learn to thank those who help them achieve what they want.

I talked with my son after and asked what he learned. He told me that he had to be a good boy and he'd get his Power Ranger toys. Good enough, I know what he meant. He also told me he had to be nice to his friends.

Then he asked to keep "reading" the book in bed after I left. That's a good sign that he really enjoyed the book.

Illustrated by a team of 4 artists, the art is quite good with vibrant colors and well-done watercolor backgrounds. All that is great if you are a critic, but what's more important is that the characters were interesting to my son. He loves to look at the pictures, and this one kept him occupied for a long time. At least 20 minutes.

As kids' books go this one is a cut above. The art is attractive to kids and the story is an appropriate length without getting boring for the parent or the child. Highly recommended.


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