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Franklin and the Thunderstorm
     

Franklin and the Thunderstorm

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by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark
 

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In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox’s house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out—even for snacks—until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms. And when Beaver explains what really causes

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In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox’s house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out—even for snacks—until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms. And when Beaver explains what really causes thunder and lightning, Franklin begins to feel much safer.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
While playing outdoors, Franklin and his friends are caught in the middle of a thunderstorm. Franklin, of course, is frightened and at first chance hides in his shell. The others are not as scared and they try to persuade Franklin to come out by telling him amusing stories about what makes the thunder and lightning and by finally telling him how it is really made. Franklin finally comes out of his shell feeling somewhat comforted. In the tradition of the Franklin stories, the author and creator of this lovable turtle, Paulette Bourgeois, has created another fun-to-read tale that also teaches youngsters valuable lessons.
School Library Journal
PreS-K--Franklin Tortoise's anxiety as he senses an approaching thunderstorm is not appeased by Fox, Hawk, or Beaver, all of whom find inclement weather rather exciting. They reassure their friend that there is nothing to worry about once they are inside a snug burrow. Franklin, nevertheless, retreats into his shell until they tell him that the noise from thunder is just cloud giants bowling and playing drums in the sky and that lightning is made by cloud giants turning their lights off and on. Owl, though, has a more scientific explanation that amazes them all. Soon the storm subsides and a rainbow appears. The simple story is accompanied by garishly bright illustrations of somewhat precious animals at play. Patricia Polacco's Thundercake (Philomel, 1990) addresses the subject with considerably more charm, but for additional material, where Franklin books are popular, this one might be an option.--Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453219577
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Classic Franklin Stories
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
863,967
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Franklin and the Thunderstorm


By Paulette Bourgeois, by Tara Walker, Brenda Clark

Kids Can Press

Copyright © 1998 Contextx Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-1957-7


CHAPTER 1

Franklin could count by twos and tie his shoes. He could name the months of the year and all the seasons. He could read the thermometer, and he checked the barometer every day. Franklin worried about the weather because he was afraid of storms.

One day, Franklin was supposed to play at Fox's house, but the sky was getting dark and the clouds were thick.

"Maybe I shouldn't go," Franklin said to his mother.

She looked out the window. "It probably won't rain until later," she said. "You have time to get to Fox's."

Franklin put on his boots and took the umbrella.

As Franklin hurried to Fox's house, he kept looking at the sky. The clouds moved quickly, and wind swirled dirt in the air.

Franklin felt all jumpy inside.

Fox was playing outside when Franklin arrived.

Franklin pointed nervously to the sky. "I think we should go inside, don't you?" he asked.

"Not yet." Fox grinned. "I love watching the clouds move and feeling the wind blow. It's exciting!"

"I think it's scary," said Franklin.

Beaver, Snail and Hawk came over to play, too.

"My fur feels funny when it's about to storm," said Fox.

"My feathers get all ruffled," said Hawk.

Beaver sniffed. "I can smell a storm coming."

The wind became stronger.

Hawk flew loop-the-loops. "Whee!" he cried.

Franklin held on to his hat and shivered.

It was almost as dark as night when big fat raindrops began to fall.

"We should go in!" shouted Franklin.

"No," said Fox. "Follow me."

They raced to the tree house, where it was dry.

"Fox!" called his mother. "Time for everyone to come in."

"It's all right," Fox shouted back. "We're in the tree."

Fox's mother was there in a second. "It's dangerous to be near a tree during a storm," she said. "Lightning strikes tall things first, and you might get hurt."

Franklin held on to Fox's mother all the way from the tree to the house. They were barely in the door when there was a flash of zigzag light.

"Lightning!" shrieked Franklin. He trembled.

KA-BOOM!

"Thunder!" he screamed.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Franklin and the Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois, by Tara Walker, Brenda Clark. Copyright © 1998 Contextx Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Kids Can Press.
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Meet the Author

Paulette Bourgeois worked as an occupational therapist and a print and television journalist before she began writing for children. When Franklin in the Dark, was released in 1986, it became a bestseller—and the Franklin phenomenon was born. Paulette has gone on to write over 30 Franklin stories illustrated by Brenda Clark that have been published around the world. Although Paulette is best known for the Franklin books, she has also written other children’s titles, including a number of non-fiction books and the award-winning picture book Oma’s Quilt. Paulette lives in Toronto, Ontario.  After graduating from the illustration program at Sheridan College, Brenda Clark worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s magazines and books. When she was asked to illustrate Franklin in the Dark, Brenda researched turtles and other animals in order to give Franklin and his friends as many authentic details as possible. In addition to over 30 Franklin collaborations with Paulette Bourgeois, the duo created another picture-book classic, Big Sarah’s Little Boots. Brenda Clark is also the illustrator of Sadie and the Snowman and the award-winning Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

 

Paulette Bourgeois worked as an occupational therapist and a print and television journalist before she began writing for children. When Franklin in the Dark, was released in 1986, it became a bestseller—and the Franklin phenomenon was born. Paulette has gone on to write over 30 Franklin stories illustrated by Brenda Clark that have been published around the world. Although Paulette is best known for the Franklin books, she has also written other children’s titles, including a number of non-fiction books and the award-winning picture book Oma’s Quilt. Paulette lives in Toronto, Ontario. 

 


After graduating from the illustration program at Sheridan College, Brenda Clark worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s magazines and books. When she was asked to illustrate Franklin in the Dark, Brenda researched turtles and other animals in order to give Franklin and his friends as many authentic details as possible. In addition to over thirty Franklin collaborations with Paulette Bourgeois, the duo created another picture-book classic, Big Sarah’s Little Boots. Brenda Clark is also the illustrator of Sadie and the Snowman and the award-winning Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

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Franklin and the Thunderstorm 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We really like Franklin so we thought this would be a good book. The story is great, as to be expected, but the formatting was less than desirable. The words are on a simple gray background and the pictures are very small. They do not correspond to the story. It's not very neat or attractive. I'm wondering if this is why B&N chose not to include a screen shot or sample. Someone commented that their audio was very low. Ours does not have a read to me feature. I would recommend saving your money and buying the actual book through scholastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely pictures and nice story but the 'Read to me' feature was so quiet that it is useless. We have LOTS of these books so we know of what we speak. Didn't really get our monies worth.
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Franklin doesn't want to go out and play with his friends because he see's the clouds moving in the sky and a storm coming. Franklin is scared of storms, especially of the lighting and thunder that the storm brings, but his friend Fox convinces him to come over and play. When lightening strikes, thunder booms, and the power goes out Franklin hides in his shell, refusing to come out and play with his friends. But once his friends start making up fun stories about where the thunder and lightening come from Franklin finally comes out of his shell to play with his friends. Franklin and the Thunderstorm is a great read for young children. It held the attention of my six year old the entire time and my three year old up to the very end. As a parent I loved the lessons that were ingrained into the story about not playing around tall objects while it's lightening and the lesson of how lightening is created. Being scared of storms themselves I thought that this was a great book for my children to help quell their fears a little bit and added a fun twist to a potentially frightening event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So unable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book because it is funny. That the part when franlcin got skard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS AWESOME!!
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It is captivating and funny.
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