Picture Book Review: Franklin’s Day with Dad


Franklin’s Day with Dad by Caitlin Drake Smith

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Series: Franklin and Friends
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 2014)

Source: I received a digital galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Franklin plans a Day with Dad so they can have fun doing their favorite
activities together. But things get off to a slow start when friends and
neighbors ask Mr. Turtle for help, and he is soon too busy to play.
Franklin is disappointed, until he realizes spending time together,
regardless of what they might be doing, is what counts.

My Thoughts:

I loved Franklin when I was a kid! And now, my kids love him too.
Franklin’s Day with Dad is a tie in to one of the Franklin TV episodes.
 In the story, Franklin wants to spend a day hanging out with his dad,
doing all sorts of fun things. Franklin gets frustrated when his plans keep
getting put on hold as he and his dad help out their neighbors with
various projects. Finally, Franklin realizes that even though he didn’t
get to fly his kite or go fishing with his dad, they spent the entire
day together and that is what really mattered.

I don’t always like these TV tie-in books. In general they tend to
be generic, preachy, and long, but this one was pretty good. It wasn’t too lengthy
and it had a nice message to it. It was a good reminder that quality
time together can happen almost anytime. The important thing is to spend
time together, no matter what you are doing.

The illustrations are not the watercolor paintings that the old Franklin books used to have, but have been digitally rendered instead. While I prefer the
watercolor art, these new illustrations manage to maintain the general
look and feel of the old Franklin books.


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