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Franklin Fibs

Clark, Brenda (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 1991. 32 pages
First published: 1991
ISBN: 9781554537747 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“Franklin could slide down a riverbank all by himself. He could count forwards and backwards. He could zip zippers and button buttons . . . but Franklin could not swallow seventy-six flies in the blink of an eye.” Fun and fabulous language plunges young readers right to the heart of this story, in which Franklin wrestles with the uncomfortable consequences of having blurted out a lie.

Detailed watercolour illustrations show Franklin and his forest friends in a range of natural habitats: Bear in a pine tree, Beaver building a dam among bright fishes. Franklin himself swims in shallows, while he consults with his parents about what to do. Children will understand—and possibly recognize—Franklin’s attempts to avoid admitting his fib. “I could practise . . .”, “I could stop playing with my friends.” There is the opportunity for young readers to propose solutions to Franklin’s problem.

Positive messages about courage and creativity are emphasized when Franklin finally admits his limits to his friends, while managing to make good on his promise to eat seventy-six flies—not in the blink of an eye, but in a fly pie.

  •  

    Discuss the concept of lying. What are some possible repercussions? Why did Franklin fib to his friends?

  •  

    As a group, complete a graphic organizer to show what each animal could do in the story. Add in what Franklin could actually do.

  •  

    Reflect on your own talents and write a list of things that you are able to do.

  •  Discuss the differences between bragging, a fib, a lie and the truth.
  •  Make a list of the animals and their exploits. Add your personal exploits to the list.
  •  

    Create new fibs, lies and truths using the stem “I can.” Test them on a partner and see if he or she can guess which are true and which are not.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To solve problems
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship