The Franklin books (and TV show) follow the adventures of a little turtle and his group of animal friends. Together they learn lessons about life while also having lots of fun.
In this particular story, Franklin and his friends are hanging out together when his friends start mentioning their various abilities. Franklin can’t think of anything truly amazing about himself, so he ‘fibs’ to make himself seem more impressive. After he goes home he begins to feel guilty about his fib and in the end he admits his deception. However.
Not once is Franklin’s deceit referred to as lying. It is always called a fib. Also, when Franklin admits his fib to his parents, they do not take the opportunity to instruct him in what is right and wrong – in fact, they don’t even tell him that he should go back to his friends and tell him the truth! They just say that he has quite the imagination and let him sort it out. Not once is the fib referred to as ‘wrong’.
Also, not a note on morality, but in the end Franklin makes a fly pie. EWWWW.
Conclusion. Better picture books can be found.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret