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Way to Display! Franklin’s 25th at Mabel’s Fables

Loveably imperfect, fundamentally decent, and slightly neurotic young animal characters are pretty thick on the ground these days, but one of the true originals, Franklin the turtle, turns 25 this year. To celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark’s Franklin in the Dark (Kids Can Press), Mabel’s Fables in Toronto went full-on half-shell for their window display. What other 25-year-old could get away with standing in the window of a bookstore on his birthday, waving at passersby and wearing nothing but a fireman’s hat? (Photo courtesy of Kids Can Press)