Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce is a delightful book that teaches children about plant growth and patience. It can be used for themes such as Growing Things, Flowers, Gardens, etc. I read the book aloud and used the clip art, flowerpot and flowers as props. But, this story can also be told as a flannel board using the clip art and adding in puppets to act as Fran and her dog. Hope you enjoy!
In this adorable book a little girl named Fran finds a flowerpot filled with soil and a tiny green sprout, and decides she is going to make it grow. Fran decides to feed the sprout everything she likes to eat…things like pizza, ice cream, and maybe even a cheeseburger! Of course, the sprout does not grow, but when Fran decides to throw the flowerpot out the back door, Mother Nature takes over and the sprout grows into a beautiful surprise for Fran…a flower!
I printed out clip art to illustrate the different foods Fran feeds her tiny sprout. I used a flowerpot/vase to put each food item in as I read the book, and boy did that bring some laughs! When Fran throws the sprout out, I moved the flowerpot/vase behind my flannel board. Then we acted out the sun coming out and the rain coming down.
And, of course at the end of the book, I brought out the flowerpot/vase again, but this time with flowers inside it–the kids were so into the story they thought it was magic!