Anne Hutchings, a former elementary-school teacher-librarian with the
Durham Board of Education, is an educational consultant.
Franklin is excited when an invitation to Goose’s migration party
arrives in the mail. However, his excitement soon turns to trepidation
at the thought of eating new foods, meeting strange people,
and—horrors!—having to dance, of all things. Anxious, Franklin
considers staying home. But, as is often the case, once there, he
discovers that his fears are unfounded. The food is “normal,”
Goose’s friends and relatives are friendly and easy to talk to, and
even the migration dance is fun.
Franklin Celebrates is based on an episode from the Franklin TV series.
With its bright, colourful illustrations (which are less detailed and
more cartoonlike than the original Franklin books), children will find
Franklin’s fear of the unknown very familiar and rejoice with him as
he discovers that things are not nearly as bad as imagined. Recommended.