Franklin's Christmas Gift

Franklin's Christmas Gift

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by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark

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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.


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.

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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.

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Franklin Series
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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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.
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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.

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Franklin's Christmas Gift 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
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!!! (less)
habrewer More than 1 year ago
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.