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Happy Birthday Frankie: 10/28/06
I bought Happy Birthday Frankie for Sean's first birthday. I remember liking the illustrations and the bold use of orange. It also had special meaning to me as it's obviously meant as a Halloween birthday book. The last period before I had conceived Sean had started on Halloween and the year before I conceived Sean, I had my first miscarriage on Halloween. As an odd bit of closure on this Halloween thing, I will officially "healed" from my c-section with Harriet this Halloween.
When I first gave the book to Sean it didn't appeal to him so it went on his bookshelf and stayed there through our move to Hayward. Now that he's older, he likes it if we read to him while he's in the bath. I found Happy Birthday Frankie on Sean's shelf and decided to give it another try. This time he loved it and asked me to read it twice.
Sean enjoys the repetition of the story. On each page the scientist attempts to assemble the pieces in the box. He has many failures before he finally succeeds. The illustrations by Warren Linn really makes the book funny.