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Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, has always had her eye on world domination, but she has to start somewhere...like her class elections! If people voted for her, they were giving her all the control she wanted. But Franny's platform doesn't have the same appeal as her competitors who are offering new playground equipment, so she finds another platform...The Frandidate. Made of DNA samples from a dog, a chameleon and a parrot, along with a scrap of carpet (so she'll know where people stand), Franny creates the ...
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, has always had her eye on world domination, but she has to start somewhere...like her class elections! If people voted for her, they were giving her all the control she wanted. But Franny's platform doesn't have the same appeal as her competitors who are offering new playground equipment, so she finds another platform...The Frandidate. Made of DNA samples from a dog, a chameleon and a parrot, along with a scrap of carpet (so she'll know where people stand), Franny creates the perfect candidate who says and does exactly what people want to hear! But soon her suit starts making promises she knows she won't be able to keep and Franny realizes she might have gone too far. The Frandidate will give you everything you want, science, humor and some old fashioned politics!
Miss Shelly was Franny's favorite teacher of all time.
Franny's earlier teachers hadn't really understood her, and it's difficult to learn from somebody that runs screaming from the classroom every time you walk in.
But Miss Shelly was almost never afraid of Franny, and usually had something interesting to teach.
Franny paid close attention as Miss Shelly began writing that day's lesson on the blackboard.
For a moment, Franny was so thrilled that she almost shouted. It looked like Miss Shelly was writing "electricity."
Along with chemistry, nuclear power, and brain removal, electric power was one of Franny's favorite subjects.
But as Miss Shelly finished writing, Franny could see that she had written "election," which, when compared to electricity, sounded pretty darned boring.
"An election is when people vote for a person who will represent them, and organize them, and if necessary, lead them," Miss Shelly explained. "We'll be electing a president of the class."
Franny perked up a little.
"Can this president tell everybody what to do and punish them if they disobey?" Franny asked, while she quickly sketched out a few ideas for a dungeon she could build at the school for just that purpose.
"Well, maybe not punish. But the president can help determine some of the rules in the class, and the president is a person that people usually look up to, and I suppose that the president does tell people what to do," said Miss Shelly.
Franny smiled. Maybe this wasn't so boring.
"So I want you all to decide who you want to be president of the class," Miss Shelly continued. "People who want to be elected are called candidates. If you want to be a candidate for president, you'll need to tell us all why. The class will be sharing these ideas all week long. May the best man win."
Franny smiled to herself. It was more like may the best Fran win.
Copyright © 2008 by Jim Benton
Posted May 25, 2010
We are never deprived of an adventure when we pick up a Franny book. She is always solving problems in a creative way while learning a life lesson. We are always trying to teach our students about cause and affect when they are reading. We are also trying to show them that when they do something there will be a response. It is wonderful how she makes it cool to be a nerd. She makes it interesting and compares and contrast her likes and dislikes with others. Your child would be captures by the artwork and the setup of the book. This book is a quick read that lets a child read a chapter book that can be finished in a timely manner. If you read one Franny you are going to want to read more. There is no need to read her books in order. The characters in her books teach empathy that students really need to get a chance to experience. It is worth getting the entire set and sharing with girls as well as boys. Enjoy!
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