Ties his shoes ,
He could care for his dog Sam and Goldie his goldfish But one day ,Franklin had something to care for that took a lot more of his time than he had planned
Come on Bear , the water’s not so cold once you used to it !
I know , it’s the getting-used-to-it part I don’t like
I’ll race you to that log , On your mark
Wait , I’m not used to the water yet !
I’m not racing franklin , I’m not !
Franklin ! ohh!
I won !
What was that ?
A duckling ! Look, It’s coming over
Hi ,there . We’re swimming in your back yard , aren’t we ?
I wonder what it wants
Maybe it thinks you’re his Mom.
You think so ?
Try swimming away and see what it does.
You sure are cute
Brrr. I ‘m starting to get cold .Franklin, Let’s go
What about this little duck?
Should we take him with us ?
I don’t think so Franklin .
Why not ?
Because his home is here at the pond .
Where’s its mom and dad then ?
I don’t see any big ducks , do you ?
Well , no , but
We can’t just leave the little guy here all by himself
I suppose not but
Then we have to take him with us
I’d be worried about him If we didn’t
We could take turns looking after him , Bear .
This week he could be with me at my house and next week he could stay with you
I don’t think my mom and dad will let me .And I don’t think yours will either franklin
How come ?
Remember that time your mom found those frogs in the bathtub?
She told you that frogs belong in the pond , not in the house
And she made me take them right back .
I’ll have to keep this duckling a secret
Where are you going to hide it
Hmm ,in my bed room I guess with the door closed
I’m going home for lunch
Don’t forget we have a soccer game today
Yeah , I won’t
See ya’later , Franklin
Did you have a nice swim at the pond ?
My swim ? oh yeah , my swim . It was fun
Now you’re here
maybe we can work together
and finish this job
Uh , no , I’ll do it Mom.
You don’t have to help me
Oh, all right then
Thank you , franklin
Don’t just throw everything in the closet all right ?
Okay., I won’t
Good ,I’ll head out to the garden
Whew , Shhh!! Thar was close
You’ve gotta’ be really quiet , okay ?
This is my buddy Sam
You make friends with him while I find you a nest
This should work
There ,, that ‘s better , isn’t it ?
Shhh! You sure make a lot of noise .
Oh!I know , you’re hungry , aren’t you ? Don’t go any where ,I ‘ll be right back .
Duckling is going to love the meals I make You don’t get Corn Crunchies ’ down at the pond .
Hmm Have a little snack before lunch ,are we franklin?
Uh , I was feeling a little hungry .
Go ahead . I didm’t see a thing
It was ,, I mean Care for a t a Corn Crunchies , dear ?
Hey , how ‘d you get down there ?
Ew , yack !
I forgot about that!
Here , you have something to eat and I’ll put down some newspapers before that happens again.
Shhh! Not so loud !
Gee . for such a small guy , you sure make a lot of noise and a lot of mess
You’ve got my whole room , Why do you want to be on this spot !
Franklin, lunch is ready
Look , if I’m going to take care of you . you ‘re going to have to help me a little , Okay?
And that means trying to be more quiet And not getting into stuff
And when the ducks old enough to look after themselves?
I suppose when their feathers and wings are fully grown and they don’t need the constant care of their parents
And they fly south as soon as it’s autumn , right ?
You’re very interested in ducks .all the sudden franklin
Uh , they are kind of neat , don’t you think ?
Yes they are . sure
Umm , I just remembered , I’ve got a soccer game .I’d better get ready
Looks like we’ve got to get you anther hiding spot . You’re getting into too much mischief in here.
Are you sure you brought the papers then ? Yes , I ‘m sure .I had the crossword puzzle half-finished
Bye!Mom! I can’t be late for soccer game I’ll see you later .
Have fun !
You can’t still be hungry !
Do you want to it rain again?
It’s empty again ,You sure need a lot of looking after
It looks like I won’t be playing much soccer this summer or anything else either
Oh , hello , Bear !
Hi! I’m coming to get franklin for soccer he is late and everyone is waiting for him
That’s strange he left nearly half hour ago
Yes , he was in a quiet a hurry
He didn’t want to be late
I wonder where he is ?
Wow, You know how franklin can get side-tracked . First we ‘ll check around the house and then we’ll
Call around to some of his friends
Hey! There ‘s his soccer stuff!
Oh ,There you are
Thank goodness you are safe .
What are you doing in here son?
Yeah , how come you aren’t at the soccer game ?
This is why.
I thought talking care of a little duckling will be a lot of fun , But I found out it’s a lot of work
What about its parents , Franklin?
I’ll bet they are very worried
Yes just like we were about you
It doesn’t have any parents
That’s why franklin brought him home
I know you wanted to help the duckling, and that ‘s a good thing
But I suspect this little one simply wandered too far from its family to do some exploring
Yeah , It does do a lot of wandering and exploring .
Shall we take this guy back to pond ?
Will you help me to find his mom and dad ?
We’ll try our best
Hey ! there are some big ducks !
And little ducks too !
That could be the family we’re looking for
Yep! That is the family!
Goodby little duckling!
Wow ! Look at him go !
His mom and dad sure look happy to see him
I know just how they feel
Hey , there they are!
Do you want to play soccer or what ?
I sure do ! Come on Bear!
Another happy ending !
Yes everyone is back where they belong