Franklin's Christmas Gift [NOOK Book]


All his friends are donating "carefully used" toys to the toy drive, but Franklin can't bring himself to give away anything in his toy chest. In a touching denouement, he discovers that generosity has rewards that more than compensate for the pain of parting with a beloved possession. Full-color illustrations.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (NOOK Kids Read to Me)
$5.99 price


All his friends are donating "carefully used" toys to the toy drive, but Franklin can't bring himself to give away anything in his toy chest. In a touching denouement, he discovers that generosity has rewards that more than compensate for the pain of parting with a beloved possession. Full-color illustrations.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Franklin really enjoys Christmas. He and his classmates are collecting toys to donate to needy families. When Franklin goes through his toy box, he realizes that they all have fond memories and he doesn't want to part with anything, except a broken truck. As the day for donations draws closer, Franklin realizes how great it is to get a gift that means something. He fondly remembers Great Aunt Harriet who always gives him something special. Franklin finally decides that he too must give a gift that is special. It is a story with a positive message that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. Franklin fans will enjoy another delightful book in the series.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453240953
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/2/2011
  • Series: Franklin Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 665,999
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • File size: 16 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma's Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Brenda Clark is best known as the illustrator of the original Franklin the Turtle series written by Paulette Bourgeois. Other popular titles she has illustrated include Sadie and the Snowman, Big Sarah's Little Boots, and the award winning, Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Franklin's Christmas Gift

By Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark

Kids Can Press

Copyright © 1998 Contextx
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-4095-3


Franklin loved Christmas. He could name all of Santa's reindeer. He could tie ribbons into bows and play "Silent Night" on his recorder.

Franklin liked to give presents and to receive them. But this year he couldn't decide what to give to the Christmas toy drive.

Every December the students in Mr. Owl's class donated toys for needy families. The toys could be new or carefully used.

When Mr. Owl put out the collection box, everyone was excited. They had three days to choose the perfect gifts to give.

That evening Franklin dug through his toys. He picked up a shiny red car.

"I remember this," he said, wheeling it around. "Vroom!"

Next, Franklin pulled out a stuffed elephant and held her tight.

"I wondered where you'd gone!" he cried.

Then Franklin found his best green marble. It had been missing for weeks.

"Fantastic!" he shouted.

Franklin loved his marbles. He had won every marble in his collection, and each one was beautiful.

Franklin picked through the rest of the toys. He decided to keep everything but a rusty truck with a missing wheel.

Franklin asked his father to help him fix the truck.

"We can try," said his father. "But it won't look new or even gently used."

"It's all I have. Everything else is too special to give away."

"I'd like you to think about that," said Franklin's father. "Christmas is a time to be generous."

The next day at school, Franklin asked his friends what they were giving.

Beaver was donating her big book of questions and answers.

"I already know all the answers," she boasted.

"I'm giving a puzzle, said Bear. "I only did it once."

Franklin frowned. "I'm giving a truck ... I think."

He had two days left to decide.


Excerpted from Franklin's Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark. Copyright © 1998 Contextx. Excerpted by permission of Kids Can Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Re-release of a Classic

    Franklin’s Christmas Gift is the re-release of a classic from the enduring Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois. At Franklin’s school, Franklin’s teacher, Mr. Owl, tells the students to begin thinking about what they will bring to donate to the classroom toy drive for needy children and the excitement begins. When Franklin goes through his own toys, everything seems too special to give away, but after receiving a gift from his aunt, Franklin realizes that nothing is special enough. After much thought, Franklin settles on a gift and in the process learns much about giving.

    Franklin's Christmas Gift is an excellent addition to the Franklin series. The students relate to the familiar stories and the beautiful illustrations. Christmas Gift helps students understand the joy of giving, using well-known characters. Pre-K through second graders will enjoy this addition to Franklin.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    another hit

    This review is for: Franklin's Christmas Gift (Paperback)
    Many of you may know already how much I love Franklin and his group of furry friends. But for those that don't, I am here to tell you I am a huge fan of Franklin. The true meaning of Christmas is brought to light in Franklins Christmas is better to give than to receive. My husband and I are struggling right now with trying to explain the importance of giving to our children. Our world places our children front and center and our frustration rises when they fail to see how lucky they are. I purchased this book and plan to read it many times before Christmas. Franklin and his pals are easy to relate to and my children really enjoy these story books. With Franklin at my side my children will become more generous and grateful through the lessons taught in this story. I rate this Franklin book 5 out of 5!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Very Good Message to Young Children

    Franklin¿s Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
    * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Franklin¿s class is collecting toys for the annual Christmas Toy Drive. He is so excited and he can¿t wait to find the perfect toy to donate. As he goes through his toys he remembers why they are all special to him and he can¿t decide.

    With only one day left to pick the ¿perfect toy¿ to donate, he is afraid none of his toys will work. As he sits and thinks about it, he is inspired by a gift from his Great Aunt Harriet and comes up with the perfect gift.

    This was a very cute book that was well illustrated and held my two year old granddaughter¿s attention when we read it as our bedtime story. The pages of the story are very colorful and fun to look at without being distracting. The length of the story is just right for smaller kids with short attention spans.

    It has a wonderful message about giving to other¿s and was written in such a way that even smaller children can understand it. I love the idea of children giving to other children because it helps them at an early age understand that one person can make a difference.

    We have donated toys to Toys for Tots ever since my daughter was a baby. We started doing that as a family every year with both new toys and some of her ¿slightly used¿ toys. We are continuing that tradition with my granddaughter.

    Overall this is a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family. I give Franklin¿s Christmas Gift 5 Flaming Hearts.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)