Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer

frankieSchema: Frankenstein, Halloween, having a new baby in the family

Point of View: The story is told from a monster family’s point of view.  From the parents’ point of view, Frankie is the scariest of all of the family.

Voice: The voice of the book is that of  the monster parents until the end.  Then we can hear the voice of Frankie when he decides to accept himself for what he is.

Compare and contrast: Compare what monsters think is good with what people think is good.  Frankie’s appearance is frightening to them and they try their best to change it.  Frankie’s hugging and kissing them could be compared to them jumping out and saying “gotcha!”  Compare the Stein family’s  home decor and toys to what regular people like.

Compare a real family tree (Tree Map) with the family tree that Frankie’s parents show him.

Inference: We can infer that it was a bad beginning when Frankie was born on a sunny day.

Characterization: Frankie was not scary, had golden hair, white teeth, clear skin, and he bounces when he walks like a zombie.  His groan is squeaky.

Synonyms: What is another word that means the same thing as: resemblance, inspiration, and indeed?

Predicting:  What do you predict Frankie’s own kind of scary will be?

Text-to-text connections: Franny K. Stein series, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

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