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Franklin in the Dark: 25th Anniversary Edition (Franklin the Turtle)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,070 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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 al ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Kids Can Press (first published 1986)
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Franklin in the Dark, written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark, is part of a collection of fantasy books that is also a TV show. As a child, Franklin was one of my favorite shows and I also had many of the Franklin books. As I started reading this book, I could recite some of it from having watched the show so many times. This particular book helps show readers that everybody, even moms, is afraid of something and you just have to find a way to deal with your fears. Franklin ...more
"Franklin In the Dark" is about a young turtle who is afraid of the dark and thus is afraid of getting in his shell. So, he sets off on an adventure in order to find other animals and ask them if they can help him become not afraid anymore. Each animal he encounters has a different fear that they are trying to face themselves, and offer there technique to him, but none of them are related to being afraid of the dark. So, when Franklin returns home to his mother, he tells her what each one was af ...more
Emily Levings
Bourheois, P. & Clark, B. (1986). Franklin In The Dark. NY: Scholastic, Inc.

I loved how this book showed children that everyone is afraid of something, and sometimes you just have to find a way to conquer your fear. I think this would be a good book for children ages 6-8. I chose that age range because it isn't a very hard book, but it could make for a very good class discussion.
This story is cute and silly and the pictures are really nice. I have only seen the little Franklin books that they give away with kids' meals so I didn't realize how pretty the pictures are at full size.

We have had this book from the library about 48 hours and have read it at least 10 times.
Who would have thought a turtle could be afraid of the dark inside his shell? Franklin tries to get help with his fear and eventually discovers that everyone is afraid of something.

Good for preschool or toddler storytimes.
Gitty Mandel
I like the pictures and the way they make the story so fun to read that you just want to read more.
I loved this story when I was young and now my son loves it too!
Esther Ochoa
I loved this book. This is a great book that helps kids overcome any fears they might have. It helps them see that everyone has fears about something and that it is ok. This is a story about a turtle who is afraid of crawling into his dark shell so he drags it behind him instead. While trying to seek help to overcome this fear, he encounters other animals who have fears of their own. The difference is that they have a solution to overcome their fears. Franklin then finds away to overcome his fea ...more
Franklin the turtle is afraid of something, just like everyone else he meets in the story, “Franklin in the Dark.” He is afraid of his shell and so has a hard time sleeping at night, but then he learns from his friends and neighbors that it’s okay to be a little scared sometimes. He manages to overcome his fear, but needs help from his nightlight to do it. This book is great for teaching kids about helping others and coming up with various solutions for one problem. It also has a great life less ...more
Jennie Park
This is a story about Franklin and how he is trying to solve the problem of getting over his fears of small and dark places-- his shell. He goes around asking many different animals for help, and later learns that everyone has something that they are afraid of and that you can conquer your fears even if it may seem impossible at times. This would be a great story to read to younger elementary students maybe even during the first week of school and can lead into a discussion about one another's p ...more
Cute book. It helps children overcome the fear of being in the dark. I would keep this book in my reading corner because of it adorable illustrations and the message that it brings for children to find ways to overcome their fears. If I noticed that several children had trouble with this issue I would create a lesson that involved them drawing their fear and writing a story about how they would stop having that fear.
I am so thrilled to have been selected as a Goodreads Winner for Franklin in the Dark: 25th Anniversary Edition. I am holding on to it as a gift for my grandkids - in particular my 4 year old granddaughter. I have read a number of Franklin books over the years and they are a wonderful addition to any library - child or adult :)
Cameron Colledge
I like this book because it teaches children that it's okay to be afraid of things, and shows that every character in the book is afraid of something and how they deal with it. There is a show about Franklin on tv so I think this helps children make it more personal because if they have seen it on tv then they sort of know the character Franklin and can relate to him in this book.
Kim Foy
Franklin is scared of dark places, but after asking all of his animal friends, he soon discovers that everyone is afraid of something. This makes him accept his fear, and realize that being afraid of something is just part of life.
Franklin is afraid of the dark but soon he overcomes his fear. It also shows us that other people have fears too even though they may be different from our own. This is a great book when talking to students about trying new things.
Taylor Troncin
This book was read for Wesley’s summer reading club. Wesley is my (soon to be five year old) son. This review is what we used for his reading club.

Wesley loves Franklin and he enjoyed this book a great deal.
Haha!! Great little book here! The illustrations are adorable, and the story is written with humor. My favorite part is the last page: "And when nobody was looking, Franklin the turtle turned on his night light." :P
About fears, especially being afraid of the dark, and how we all need something to help us manage and get over our fears. Average illustrations. Read for children's lit course in library school, ages 3-5 section.
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In this story it teaches children that it's not bad to be afraid of something, many different people have fears, and we all just have to adjust and find things that help us live with those fears.
I looked at the cover and assumed this was one I wouldn't like as an adult, too cutesy. But then I remembered that Franklin is afraid of the dark and was charmed all over again.
Too cute. Shows how to deal with things we're afraid of. I always love when my son uses examples from books we've read. This one stayed with him.
Savannah Shields
This is a good book to read to first graders. It teaches not to be embarrassed of being afraid of things because everyone is afraid of something.
Cute tradebook for use in kindergarten and first grade about conquering the fear of the dark...after all, every one is afraid of something!
It is great because in this book Franklin learns that everyone is afraid of something. That helps him to be brave enough to face his fear.
This book is cute, and illustrates how almost everyone is afraid of something. I like Franklin's solution to his problem.
the illustrations in this book are great, and really add to the cozy feeling. such a cute book - everyone's afraid of something!
Feb 23, 2011 Ruby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children
Shelves: animals
This book talks about how everyone is afraid of something. When no one is looking they use something to help them.
A sweet tale about a turtle who's afraid of the darkness inside his shell. It's not too wordy and great for bedtime.
Elizabeth Cornwell Hutchcraft
Uncle Alex's favorite book as a kid and now Patrick enjoys the adventures of Franklin.. thanks to Alex!
Angie Mills
Nov 03, 2007 Angie Mills rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PreK-2
Great book to talk to young children about their fears and what they can do to overcome them.
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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bourgeois graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1974. She was a psychiatric occupational therapist for three years before deciding to focus on her writing. She studied journalism at Carlton University then worked as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and CBC Television. She became a freelance journal ...more
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