Franklin could count by twos and tie his shoes. He had a mother and a father and some cousins too. But one day, Franklin felt like he had a little sister too.
Hi Bear. Are you ready to go to the playground?
I have to look after...
Uh oh! Gotta' go...
Whoa, Bear. Do you think you have enough toys out?
Nope, not until I can find one that Beatrice likes.
But it looks like this could be the one.
So do you think you're ready to do a flip on the rings today?
Yep! I've been training all week. As soon as Dad's finished cleaning. I'm finished babysitting.
Hmmmm...I don't hear him cleaning anymore.
Awww... There goes the vacuum cleaner again.
Brrr! Brrr! Brrr!
And there goes Bea again. Sorry, Franklin, I'll be stuck here for a while.
That's okay. I don't mind waiting for you Brrr.
Let's see, what will keep her busy... Oh, this is good.
Look who I found. It's Bunny Rabbit. And I think he wants to dance.
Hey Franklin. I think I've finally found something that works.
That's great, Bear.
Okay, Bea. You and bunny keep dancing. I've gotta' do my exercises.
If you want big enough muscles to flip on the rings, you've gotta' do lots of pushups.
I think you mean, "Oh sister", Bear.
How can I train to be an acrobat when Bea always wants me to play with her?!
You keep doing your pushups, Bear. I'll see if I can make her happy.
I haven't seen Bea this happy since she first tasted mashed bananas.
Are you finished cleaning Dad?!
Come on Franklin, let's go!
Uhuh! Uhuh! Uhuh! FOO! FOO!
I think she wants some food.
I don't think so. She just had a big lunch.
Foo! Uhuh! uhuh! uhuh! FOO!
I know what foo is! Foo is you!
She likes you Franklin.
And Foo likes you too.
Okay Bea, Foo has to go now. Bye bye Bea. I'll see you again soon.
Don't worry Dad, we will!
Daddy read Beatrice a story?
Come on Franklin.
Oh, I can't go when she's calling me like that. This will just take a minute, Bear.
I have a feeling this is going to be a long minute.
That was nice of you boys to walk with Beatrice and me to the grocery store.
I thought it might make Bea happy. And Bear and I were going this way anyway.
It's just taking us ten times longer to get there. Okay Franklin. Dad and Bea go that way and we go this way.
Bye bye, Bea. Have fun shopping. I'll see you later.
Wave bye bye to Franklin and Bear.
Come on Franklin, let's go before she starts calling for you.
Don't cry Bea.
Isn't that cute?
Come on Franklin. Dad won't be able to get the shopping done if you keep going back to Bea every time she calls you.
Don't worry Franklin, you go to the playground. She'll settle down soon.
Are you coming Franklin?
Well...Why don't you go on ahead Bear? I'll meet you there. It won't take long to get a few groceries. right Bea?
Hmph... I can go faster than that!
It look like your big brother needs to do some more pushups.
Wave Bea. Wave to Bear.
Oops. She's asleep.
I thought she'd be getting tired soon. Not as tired as my face from doing all those funny faces.
This is a good time for me to pick up some books from the library.
And a good time for me to go to the playground.
Hey! Did you see that?! I almost did it! I was upside-down. Keep watching! Today's the day!
Uh oh. You've not going to shout like that in the library, are you Honey?
She won't. I'll watch her while you go in.
That's very generous of you.
Franklin, but you don't have to do that.
Well, it's like my Granny always says "How can I say no to someone who's so cute."
Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When to bough breaks the cradle will fall. And down will come baby cradle and all.
Gee, you're not interested in going back to sleep, are you Bea?
So why does Franklin have to look after your little sister?
He doesn't have to. He wants to. But you're her brother.
I know, but she doesn't want me to watch her, she wants Franklin. And it gives me more time to practice on the rings.
Wow! Did you see that?!
Yeah! You finally did it!
Hey Franklin! Bea! I did it!
Watch me do it again!
Bea! Look over here! Watch big brother!
Foo! Foo! Aaaa! Foo!
Bea! Over here! I'm going to do a back flip!...Bea!
Look over there Bea. Watch Bear. Just do it Bear. Who cares if Bea is watching.
I care. She's never seen me do anything this neat before...Bea! Why won't she look over here?
Because Franklin's not over here.
Yeah. She's got a new big brother. Hmph! She only has one brother and that's me.
Why didn't you do your back flip, Bear?
Because I want Bea to watch me do it.
Fooo?! What about Brrr? I'm the one who can do a back flip on the rings!
Here I am, Bea.
She's my little sister Franklin. She should be happy to be with me.
Ummm. She is happy to be with you Bear. She's giving you a big bear hug.
That's right. Big Brother Brrr.
I think she's been wanting you to pay attention to her too.
Yeah. You're right Franklin.
Sorry, Bea. I've been trying so hard to be an acrobat, I forgot that being a big brother is important too.
Come on Bea. let's go to the playground.
Well, this is a surprise. I was expecting Beatrice to be with you.
No, she's more interested in her Big Brother Brrr.