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Franklin Wants A Pet (Franklin the Turtle)

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Everyone's favorite turtle hero is back with a lesson about responsibility and love. In a simple, charmingly illustrated tale, Franklin proves to his parents that he can take care of a pet, and picks a pretty goldfish for his own. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1994)
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Don H.M
Nov 02, 2016 Don H.M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trololol
A modern philosophical satire of human society, presenting paradoxical anomalies as it talks about ownership of nature. It also explicitly references the treatment of slaves throughout human history and addresses the problem objectively. A masterpiece of our time, truly.
Romanaus Elangwe
Mar 14, 2014 Romanaus Elangwe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patience
Franklin could count by two, tie his shoes, sleep alone and had a best friend Bear, but
Franklin wanted something else; he wanted a pet. Franklin waited for a long time after asking his parents over and over about having a pet. His parents did not refuse; their answer was "we will think about it." Franklin's friends proposed a bird for a pet, but he didn't like a bird because birds loud singing may wake him up too early; Franklin's friend, the beaver proposed a cat for a pet, but Franklin compla
Feb 13, 2017 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I want to know what the rules are for this world. Why are some animals "people" that stand upright and talk, while others are simply pets? What if another character wanted a pet turtle?
Margo Martin
In the book Franklin Wants a Pet by Paulette Bourgeois, Franklin asks his parents time and time again if he can get a pet but every time they say “we will think about it”. Franklin goes off to play with his friend bear, who says he would get a bird as a pet if he got the chance. Next, Franklin plays with his friend Beaver who says he would get a pet cat if he got the chance, and Goose said he would get a pet bunny. That night at breakfast, Franklin brought his pet dog to the table to show his pa ...more
Franklin asks his parents if he can get a pet. After showing his parents that he is capable of being responsible for a pet, they decide that he can choose a pet. Franklin decides to get a goldfish. This book reveals responsibility and the benefits of this action. It is good for young readers because it shows that you need to work for things and be able to show you are responsible for a big event like getting a pet. This would be a good book to use in a classroom because it is something that most ...more
Margaret Welwood
What kindergartner can't identify with a child, even a child turtle, whose parents take SO long to make a decision? And who doesn't want a pet?

Franklin books are always a good choice, with bright, clear pictures and warm, engaging stories. This one has suspense as well . . . will Franklin's parents say yes?

They do, but more suspense follows. Franklin doesn't want a puppy! He doesn't even want a kitten! Franklin has both his parents and the kindergartners mystified until the end. . . and Erin is
Greta is Erikasbuddy
What a great yardsale find!!

My neighbor went out to a yardsale over the weekend and look what she brought me home!!

A super sonic squee book about little Franklin who wants a pet.

Zomg!! I melted at every picture!

Franklin asks his parents if it would be cool if he had a pet. His parents said they would think about it. Awesome!! They didn't say 'no'!

Over time, Franklin starts to get impatient but instead of asking his parents a zillion times what they decided, he instead visits his friends and asks
Jessica Bennett
I love all of the Franklin books because they are all about topics that children can relate too! What child hasn't asked their parents for a pet? Franklin wants a pet, but his parents are reluctant to let him have one. This book is great because children can predict what pet Franklin wants to get. I would read this book during free time.
Kayla Heenan
Franklin is so great at relating to students in the kindergarten through second grade age groups. The pictures are so vibrant, they really capture the eye. In this particular story Franklin decides he wants a pet. I feel as if this is so common for many kids and they feel like they will relate to him. This story is perfect for reading out loud to the students.
The Brothers
Franklin has been asking his parents for a pet for a very long time. At last they think he's ready and are willing to get him a pet. But, what kind of pet will Franklin get?

Typical Franklin illustrations.
Oct 04, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked these books when I was young, so it was fun to read them again in a new language. I love Franklin, even though this book was nearly beyond my comprehension. I will definitely read more as I get better at Spanish!
Franklin gets advice on what pet to get from all of his friends...but his mind is made up! He wants a goldfish. :D
Jan 17, 2011 Child960801 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Cute. However, in the first book, Franklin in the Dark, on the cover is a picture of Franklin's fish Goldie in her bowl.
Deborah Harris
Dec 27, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-2, a21
AR Quiz No. 18621 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, RV, VP
This story was very cute. All little Franklin wants is a pet and in the end he gets one. I was glad he didn't choose the typical dog for a pet. It was a very nice ending.
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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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