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. Volume XII Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2006
Franklin's Picnic, by Sharon Jennings, is based on the tv episode with the same title. Franklin, tired of waiting for his friends to return from lunch and play baseball, suggests a picnic the next day and offers to bring the food. The others think it is a great idea.
Of course, when Franklin produces the food for his very hungry crowd of friends the next day, none of them like flies. They all like ants, and Franklin hates ants. He convinces them to try the sandwiches, and they all take a bite because they are so hungry, but none of them like it. Franklin's mother saves the day when she arrives with an ant pizza which everyone, but Franklin, loves.
This is an enjoyable and entertaining story for children in this age range. The text is presented in an easily readable manner with lots of white space surrounding it. Each page is illustrated and there are full-page illustrations throughout the book. Particularly inspired are a series of illustrations of Franklin hurrying to the park to restart the game after lunch and then waiting, … and waiting, … and waiting for his friends. The final illustration shows him slumped on the bench with his baseball glove on his head.
Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.
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