________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 4 . . . . October 15, 2004

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Franklin's Pumpkin. (Kids Can Read).

Sharon Jennings. Illustrated by Robert Penman, Sasha McIntyre, Jelena Sisic and Shelley Southern.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2004.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-496-7 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-495-9 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Pumpkin - Juvenile fiction.
Agricultural exhibitions - Juvenile fiction.

Grades 1-2 / Ages 6-7.

Review by Luella Sumner.

*** /4

excerpt:

Franklin can tie his shoes.
Franklin can count by twos.
And Franklin can grow
a really, really big pumpkin.
This is a problem.
What will Franklin do
with a really, really big pumpkin?

 

Franklin's friends Beaver and Bear are growing cherries and blueberries to bake into pies with which they hope to win blue ribbons at the Fall Fair. Franklin's little sister is hoping to win a blue ribbon too for her princess costume. Franklin wonders what he can do to win a blue ribbon. He finds a big pumpkin in the garden and cares for it, growing it bigger and bigger. But Beaver shatters his hopes when she tells him that big pumpkins do not make good pies. Bear says there is no blue ribbon for the biggest pumpkin. Franklin gives up hoping for a prize. The day of the fair, his little sister comes home in tears because everyone was dressed up like a princess. Franklin has an idea! With his father's help, he hollows out the big pumpkin and decorates it, turning it into a royal chariot. He takes his sister to the Fair in triumph. Later, everyone has won a blue ribbon, but Franklin's is for winning the pie-eating contest, and he has a tummy ache.

     Most young children who have access to television are very familiar with the Franklin series as based on Paulette Bourgeois' books. Franklin gets himself into situations with which children can identify, and he works his way out of trouble with humour and ingenuity.

Recommended.

Red Rock, ON's Luella Sumner is a retired librarian.

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