I know special-looking books when I spot them. What a happy surprise to learn two Canadians, fellow Winnipegger <b>Paulette Bourgeois</b> and <b> Brenda Clark</b> of Port Hope, Ontario authored and drew something that has been a classic since 1986: “<b>Franklin In The Dark</b>”! <b>Brenda</b> created a page that comprises this storybook's cover and it sure does draw you in instantly. A turtle in a modern room sits worried against his shell, among toys well-played with and dark, slightly unsettling hues.
I know how much animals genuinely do feel, emote, and think but if anyone casts personified sympathy on loved objects and precious fictional faces, it is me. A beacon to sensitive souls like mine, I scurried to ensure that this dear turtle came out all right in this book. Beyond my expectations this Canadian classic oeuvre is affectionate, decent, loving, happy, and intelligent too. There is a parallel of course, between a human child fearing the night or quiet room where he sleeps and a child turtle fearing the shell with which he is born. His wonderful Mother is supportive and graciously encourages him to consider that there is nothing to fear. The scene of wraithlike ghouls <b>Franklin</b> imagines around his dark shell is so fantastic, evocative, and extraordinarily well done; I hope they garnered <b>Brenda</b> an award.
<b>Paulette</b> did complete justice to her approach too: teaching something relatable to everyone, uniquely and memorably. <b>Franklin</b> doesn't wallow: he does something about it! He asks a great range of animals, including polar bears, if they have anything to allay his fear and admitting to their own unexpected unease; each animal offers <b>Franklin</b> their solutions. He thanks each earnest animal and carries onward. A powerful polar bear who is afraid of freezing makes a statement. Their storybook is a loving, thought-provoking teacher!