I remember seeing a few of the Franklin TV episodes when I was a kid. From what I can remember they were cute and innocentish – Franklin and his friends make mistakes and learn character lessons all while building their relationships with each other.
In this book, the character lesson is about not being cliquish. I both liked it and disliked it – I liked it because we should be careful not hurt people by excluding them or having an elitist mentality. At the same time, I think it’s dangerous for kids to grow up with the idea that all friendships are equal and if friend #1 decides to show favor to friend #2 she is obligated to show the same amount and degree of favor to friend #3. It’s a fact of life that some friendships are closer than others and while this is not an excuse to behave meanly, kids also need to learn how to handle this maturely.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret