- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2007

By Grace Caroline Casper, age 5

Mayo Nursery School, Edgewater, Md.

“Franny’s Feet,” created by Cathy Moss and Susan Nielsen for PBS Kids, is an entertaining view of a girl’s imaginary travels to interesting places.

Franny works with her grandfather at a shoe repair store. As customers come in for a shoe repair, those shoes give Franny an idea of where she would like to go. Each story teaches important lessons for young people.

In the first story, Franny meets up with two young girls who are having a problem with sharing and playing. In the end, they realize that they must learn to get along in order to allow both girls the opportunity to perform a beautiful puppet show for their mother.

Franny also brings a treasure back with her from her travels that she keeps in a box and is able to remember all the places she goes.

One of my favorite episodes is the one titled “Lonely Library.” Franny goes to a large library where she meets up with a mouse named Henry. Henry is afraid of a cat he believes is a tiger. Franny helps the two meet and share their enjoyments of reading with each other. Also, they both end up wanting to read the same book. The treasure she brings back is a bookmark.

Another fun episode was her travel to a maple tree farm in Canada. She meets a boy named Pierre. I thought it interesting to learn where syrup comes from since it is something I eat all the time. It also shows us how to make taffy and how maple syrup comes out of a tree.

In the episode, a beaver takes a special bucket from Pierre’s family. After looking for the bucket, they find the beaver using the bucket to make his home. Franny decides to give him something else to use instead of the family’s bucket. It works, and the beaver is more excited to use a new bucket.

Franny is able to use the lessons learned from her travels in her daily life. She also teaches us important lessons on sharing, compromising and friendship, things that I think are important for everyone.

I really enjoy Franny’s voice and her lively personality. She has a very nice singing voice.

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