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Franklin in the Dark: 25th Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Paulette Bourgeois , Brenda Clark
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Feb. 1 2011 Franklin (Kids Can Hardcover)
This larger-format special collectible edition of the first Franklin book celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world's most beloved turtle.?Includes never-before-seen archival material? and personal letters from the author and illustrator that offers a fun behind-the-scenes peek at this Canadian classic.A perfect gift for long-time fans and a new generation of readers alike. In the Franklin Classic Storybook that started it all, poor little Franklin has one of the most common childhood afflictions -- he is afraid of the dark. This is particularly distressing for Franklin as he happens to be a turtle, and the darkness he fears is, of course, inside his own shell. Bravely, with shell in tow, he sets forth to seek help and in the course of his travels discovers a bird who is afraid of heights, a polar bear who is afraid of the cold, and even a hydrophobic duck. In the end, Franklin discovers that everybody is afraid of something, even his own mother, and his response to what he has learned is guaranteed to draw a smile.

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About 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.

From the Canadian Children's Book Centre

In this classic Franklin storybook that started it all Franklin discovers that everyone is a little afraid of something. This larger-format special collectible edition includes never-before-seen archival material and personal letters from the author and illustrator. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the world’s most beloved turtle, this book will make a perfect gift for Franklin fans. Originally published in 1985, by Kids Can Press (Our Choice 1986/1987).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Franklin in the Dark Dec 25 2013
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This was my first and it still is my very favourite Franklin book. I had an autographed copy when the grandchildren were growing up - in one of our moves, I lost my copy of this book. When I saw the 25th Anniversary copy available, I just had to have it to pass on down through the family. I am 80 and I still love the Franklin stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone gets scared sometimes... July 18 2009
Nearly all small children are afraid of the dark at some point, and parents may struggle to understand why. Franklin in the Dark is informative for both children and parents, and helps young children learn that it is okay to be scared, and that there are things you can do about it. Besides helping children relieve their fears about the dark, Franklin shows children-and adults-that everyone has different fears that others might find strange-even your own mother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm scared Jan. 24 2002
By A Customer
Franklin is afraid of sleeping in his shell at night. This is every kid's problem being afraid of the dark. So Franklin goes on a trip looking for help, but finds out everybody is afraid of something. It lets the kids know it's ok to be afraid, but also tries to help him overcome being afraid too. The perfect book for a preschooler.
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I enjoyed this book myself (a 40-yr-old with no children), and had my 7-yr-old nephew read it to me when he visited. He found it easy enough to read and understand at the same time, but with just enough challenge. Franklin is a delightful turtle who faces everyday things, like being afraid of small, dark places. As he looks for help, he discovers that other friends have fears of everyday things as well. Very sensitively written, humor appropriate for 4- to 8-year-olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please read Franklin in the Dark March 19 2006
By V. Setzer - Published on
This is the best of all of the Franklin stories, and the first one published. It's a wonderful read aloud story, a great story for children to act out, and an easy way to begin a discussion of "things that scare us". Children are amazed to learn that grownups can be frightened of things too. This book should be in every child's home collection and in every elementary teacher's too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book Nov. 23 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collector's Item for "Franklin" Fans Jan. 22 2011
By George Buttner - Published on
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First of all, the publication date listed for this item is not correct. It states that it will be out on February 1, 2011, but Amazon sent the item to me a few days ago and it is in my hands.

It's 2011, and Franklin begins the celebration of his 25th anniversary with this wonderful book - a 25th anniversary edition of his very first adventure. This includes the complete, original "Franklin in the Dark." In the story, Franklin finds himself with a big problem. Turtles sleep in their shells, but it's dark in there, and Franklin is afraid of the dark. He drags his shell behind him and goes on a journey, looking for someone to help him with his problem. Though he doesn't find anyone who has a problem just like his, his adventure does give him an idea for how to overcome his fear.

This 25th anniversary edition has so much more than the original story however. Included at the very beginning is Paulette Bourgeois's original manuscript - "The Turtle They Called Chicken," giving fans a rare look into the early development of the series. There is also original storyboard artwork and sketches, as well as letters from both Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark.

The pages at the back of the book contains even more excellent supplementary material. Readers are given a look at the development of the entire series - from the books to the television show, with the promise of an upcoming CGI series in 2011. There are also pictures of many different types of "Franklin" merchandise, some of which I didn't even know existed. There is also a wonderful look at the Franklin Children's Garden in Canada and a section on international editions of "Franklin."

If you or your children are fans of this intrepid young turtle, this 25th anniversary edition of the original is a can't miss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! Jan. 13 2009
By Aimila - Published on
This book is GREAT! It really helped my son overcome his fears of the dark. We noticed a huge difference after he started reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Franklin Fans! May 21 2011
By iscrap4jt - Published on
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This is a touching book about a beloved turtle named Franklin. The special 25th edition is special in many ways: read the story of Franklin in the Dark, then learn more about Franklin and how he got his start, read a note from the author and illustrator, along with many other extras as well! The story is a great way to talk to your child about overcoming fears. We will definitely keep this book as a keepsake for many years!
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