Franklin and the Thunderstorm

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When a flash of lightening sends Franklin scurrying into his shell, he refuses to come out until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales of what causes storms. When Beaver explains what really causes lightning and thunder, Franklin begins to feel much safer. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 3-7. Pub: 3/98.

When his animal friends offer amusing explanations for thunder and lightning, Franklin overcomes his fear of such storms.

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Franklin and the Thunderstorm: A Classic Franklin Story

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Overview

When a flash of lightening sends Franklin scurrying into his shell, he refuses to come out until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales of what causes storms. When Beaver explains what really causes lightning and thunder, Franklin begins to feel much safer. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 3-7. Pub: 3/98.

When his animal friends offer amusing explanations for thunder and lightning, Franklin overcomes his fear of such storms.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554537297
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 128,556
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


When asked what she hopes children will learn from her books, Paulette Bourgeois explains: “It is most important to look for the wonder in ordinary things.” Some of this wonder, and a curious anxiety, spill over into her character Franklin. The world's best-loved turtle overcomes the challenges of the everyday life of a five-year-old in a way that resonates with children. Since 1986, Franklin and Paulette have championed a fear of the dark, boastful fibs, thunderstorms, new friends, museum dinosaurs,...

When Paulette finished writing her first book, Franklin in the Dark, she knew that she would always write stories for children. With each new book, she imagines a child turning the last page and giving a satisfied sigh. Paulette explains: “I want readers to feel connected to my storybook world — to feel, to smell, to touch and to explore the landscapes, both internal and external, that I have created. As I write, I draw on my own experiences and find it easy to remember emotions and situations.”

Although Paulette is best-known for the Franklin books, she is also the writer of fiction and non-fiction for young readers. In her non-fiction writing, she explores another realm of wonders with her young readers. She shares “amazing” information on many topics: from apples to potatoes; from fire fighters to garbage collectors; from the moon to the sun! What's next, the universe! The Sun: Starting with Space was shortlisted for a Science in Society Book Award (1995), given by the Canadian Science Writer's Association, and won the honor of Parents' Choice Approval, given by the US Parents' Choice Foundation (1997).

Currently, Paulette is endeavoring to write longer books for children, and trying to follow the advice she gives to children: “Read, read, read and write, write, write.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Good book. Less than Great format. Save your money.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Hard to hear narration

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Great read for young children scared of storms!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Apprentince den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Just says "Loading..." on my Nook HD+

    So unable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Franlclin and the thunderstom

    I like the book because it is funny. That the part when franlcin got skard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    I LOVE IT

    IT IS AWESOME!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Yo

    Wheres the new camp?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Stormpelt

    I will. Ill check on you guys every morning.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Tinykit

    Sleeps.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    This is a must!

    It is captivating and funny.

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