Franklin Goes to School

Bibliographic Information: Bourgeois, Paulette, and Brenda Clark. Franklin Goes to School. New York: Scholastic, 1995. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a book about a turtle named Franklin who does not want to go to school because he is too nervous.  By the time he gets to school, his teacher helps him to see that he is good at a lot of things and there is so much more to learn.  Franklin learns a ton and has so much fun on that first day of school that he forgot how nervous he had originally been.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-6

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy books with animals as the main characters will greatly enjoy this book!  Students who felt the same way about going to school will also appreciate this book because it may show them that they are not alone and it is okay to be scared at first.

Rating/Response: 5 – This book is a very cute way to introduce the class their first day of school.  It is simple and easy to read but a lot of students are able to relate to the way Franklin felt on his first day of school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Is it alright to feel nervous about something like the first day of school?  Yes, it definitely is!  But that is why we are all here to help each other and to have fun!”

Reading Strategy: First Day of School

Rationale for Strategy: I placed this book under the first day of school category because in the book, it is the main character’s first day of school.  The main character goes through some feelings and emotions that a lot of children may be feeling but don’t want to speak up.

Posted by: Breanna Richey


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