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Paulette Bourgeois. Illustrated by Brenda Clark.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1992.
32pp., cloth, $10.95.
ISBN 1-55074-053-9. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Missing children-Fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8

Reviewed by Lorrie Ann Clark.

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September

Delightful! Franklin is Lost has all the best ingredients for the makings of a good children's book.

One of the most important ingredients is the main character, which is a turtle named Franklin. He is a young turtle who can do many things like zipping zippers and walking to Bear's house. His parents, however, have warned him not to go into the woods alone.

One day Franklin forgets the advice about the woods while he is playing hide and seek with his friends Fox, Goose, Otter and Bear. He proceeds to get lost while in the woods, and when he does not make it home for supper, his parents become worried.

The narration tells a good story as well as providing gentle advice. The topic of getting lost would be familiar to young children and they will be able to sympathize with Franklin.

The pictures are fanciful and bright and add to the story. Young children could interpret the story by the pictures. The feelings of the characters are cleverly depicted.

This book is a keeper. The lesson Franklin learns is a timeless one and the telling of the story will entertain as well as teach.

Lorrie Ann Clark is a librarian at Lloyd George School in Hamilton, ON.
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