Franklin could count by twos and tie his shoes. He did drawings for his friends…and paintings for his Granny. And one day Franklin painted a picture for an art contest.
Look at my paintings, Mom!
They’re very colourful, Franklin.
They’re for the painting contest at the ice cream shop.
All of them?
The prize is a really neat skateboard!
I want to win it…
So I’m going to enter as many paintings as I can .
They’re all wonderful, Franklin.
But perhaps you should pick just one painting and make it the best it can be.
Hmmm. Maybe you are right.
But…which one should I pick?
Aren’t you finished your painting for the contest yet?
I’m trying to pick the best one. Them I’m going to make it even better.
Mine is in here.
Do you want to see it?
Okay. Look in the end.
It’s all rolled up, Bear.
I can hardly see it.
I can’t take it out.
Mom said Mr. Skunk has to take it out so it won’t get wrecked.
Which one of these do you like the best?
Hmmm. That one.
The flowers look like lollipops.
Oh yeah…hey, watch this.
What’s so funny?
It’s a lollipop garden.
I like that kind of garden.
…except it needs one more thing.
A jellybean bush.
You can’t have a jellybean bush without black ones.
Black jellybeans are your favourites?
Oh yeah, they taste the best.
What tastes so good?
Oh, I get it.
Hey, how about a candy apple tree?
Here, go ahead.
Hey, I know.
What about candy com on the cob?
Oh, candy canes.
You’ve got to have candy canes.
That’s a good choice.
I’m good at painting bees.
So I put a whole bunch in. do you think Mr. Skunk will like it?
I’m sure he will.
Will he like it the best?
He’s got to like it the best.
I want to lick it.
Alright, you can do the honours. I like this.
For the gardener who has a sweet tooth.
Oh, isn’t that charming?
Look at the little candy canes.
Quite an imagination you have ,son. And you’re very artistic too.
That’s a good idea.
Maybe I’ll plant a row of those next spring.
Yes we enjoy his artwork too.
I’m sure he’ll be very excited when I tell him the news.
Oh, just a second.
He just came in the door.
I’ll let you tell him.
It’s Mr. Skunk .
Hi, Mr. Skunk… I did?!..
What?… I mean, pardon?…when?
I can come right now…
Okay… thanks Mr. Skunk… Bye.
I won the skateboard!
Yes. I guess you chose the right painting.
And I’m glad I did!
Hold on! What about these? It’s okay. I don’t need them mom.i’m going to the ice cream shop to get my skateboard!
He’s a famous artist now.
You don’t expect him to put his things away, do you?
Thanks , Mr. Skunk.
This is great!
So is your painting.
It’s a real masterpiece. My mom and dad liked it too.
I can’t wait ’til my friends see this. Oh I’m sure they’ve seen it.
I’ve had visitors in here everyday looking at it.
Well the next time they see it, it’ll be going a lot faster.
hey, we’ve got enough!
Whew… that was fun.
Hey, where’d everybody go?
Gee Franklin, you need a horn and a brakes. And driving lessons!
I’m just getting used to this thing.
It’s really fast.
Hey! That skateboard.
That looks like the one from Mr. skunk’s ice cream shop!
That’s because it is the one from the ice cream shop.
You won it?
I won it!
Are you ever lucky, Franklin?
I’m lucky, but it’s because I did a good painting that I won the prize.
Mr. Skunk called it a masterpiece. Ooooo!
Way to go, Franklin.
Yeah, that’s great.
We were just going to the ice cream shop to share a chocolate sundae.
Do you guys mind splitting it four ways?
No, that’s good idea.
I’ll share with Franklin.
Gee, you guys are great.
And you’re the best artist. And the worst driver.
We’re here Franklin.
Put on the brakes.
That skateboard is great.
I wish I had one.
Yeah, I do too.
Maybe Mr. Skunk will have another art contest next summer.
But if you want to win a skateboard your paintings have to be as good as that one.
This is what you entered?
Where have I seen this painting before?
You guys painted stuff on it, remember?
So why aren’t our names on it too?
I don’t know… it was my idea.
And my jellybean bush.
And my candy apple tree.
That’s right, Franklin.
We all helped paint it.
Um, ah,well, you guys can use the skateboard anytime you want.
Here Beaver, you have a turn .
I came here to have a chocolate sundae.
Yeah. Me too.
Yeah let’s have our ice cream.
We can talk about this after .
Did you bring any money?
You guys said I could share?
You didn’t share our names on that painting, so we’re not sharing our sundae.
How are you enjoying your new skateboard?
I’m making popcorn,son.
It’s almost ready.
No thanks, Dad.
I’m not very hungry.
Oooh.. if it’s that skateboard giving you trouble, don’t worry. It will just take practice.
It’s not that.
It’s my friends.
They think they should have won too.
I’m sure your friends entered some fine paintings…but it wouldn’t be a contest if everybody won, would it?
It’s not that either…they kind of helped me with my painting.
I thought you painted the snapdragons and bees. I entered a different one.
The garden of treats painting.
That wasn’t your painting?
Well it was….sort of…but then Bear and Beaver and Fox came along and added things…and they did make the picture look better.
If they helped to make your picture look better, then they deserve some recognition, don’t you think?
Yes , they do.
I think I know what I have to do.
I still say that painting is a masterpiece. Even if it did take four artists to paint it.
Now all we have to do, is decide how we’re going to cut this into four pieces. No way!
We’ve already solved that problem.
Yeah, we’re going to keep it at the tree fort.
Then all of us can use it whenever we want.
That sounds like a good compromise.
Good. Now that we’ve got that sorted out, I’d like to order six chocolate sundaes.
Two in one day!
And we don’t have to share!
Oh . I’m sorry. Those are for me. Dad!