Franklin's Thanksgivingby Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark (Illustrator)
In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our young hero likes everything about Thanksgiving, from eating pumpkin-fly pie to making cornucopias. But what he likes best is having his Grandma and Grandpa share the holiday with him and his family. This year, however, his grandparents are traveling abroad. Thanksgiving just won't be the same without guests around the table, so Franklin decides to invite some friends for dinner. What a nice surprise it will be for his parents. Only Franklin's mother and father have the same idea, and on Thanksgiving Day all their friends show up for the festivities! With no more room in the house, where will the holiday meal take place?
Franklin's Thanksgiving offers positive reinforcement of the real meaning of this holiday - sharing and being with family and friends.Christian Library Journal
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By Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark, Tara Walker
Kids Can PressCopyright © 2001 Contextx Inc.
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Franklin liked everything about Thanksgiving. He liked eating pumpkin-fly pie and cranberry jelly. He liked making cornucopias and cornhusk dolls. But, most of all, he liked having his Grandma and Grandpa come for dinner. It was the family tradition, and Franklin could hardly wait.
A week before Thanksgiving, a postcard arrived from Franklin's grandparents.
"Oh dear," sighed Franklin's mother. "Grandma and Grandpa can't make it back for the holiday."
"But they have to!" cried Franklin. "They're always here for Thanksgiving."
Franklin's mother gave him a hug. "There will still be the four of us," she said.
"It won't be the same," Franklin grumbled.
Over the next few days, Franklin was so busy that he didn't have much time to think about Grandma and Grandpa. He helped his mother pick apples and make applesauce. He helped his father dig up vegetables and store them in the cellar. Franklin and Bear helped Harriet and Beatrice pick berries and gat her nuts.
In the gardens and orchards, forests and fields, everyone was bringing in the harvest.
Franklin counted all the jars of jams and preserves.
"I think this year was the most bountiful ever," announced his father. "We could feed the whole town!"
"I just wish we could feed Grandma and Grandpa," sighed Franklin.
His mother agreed. "We'll miss having company," she said.
At school, Franklin's class made a harvest quilt and learned how the early settlers celebrated Thanksgiving.
"What are you doing for Thanksgiving, Mr. Owl?" asked Franklin.
"I'll have dinner with my mother," he replied. "Our relatives can't visit this year."
"Ours neither," said Franklin.
Then he had an idea. He invited Mr. Owl and his mother for dinner.
"It's all right with my parents," Franklin explained. "They want company."
"Well, thank you, Franklin," said Mr. Owl. "We'd be delighted to come."
Franklin smiled. This would be a wonderful surprise for his parents.
Excerpted from Franklin's Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark, Tara Walker. Copyright © 2001 Contextx Inc.. 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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