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September 19, 2011
City of Toronto celebrates Franklin the Turtle’s 25th birthday
The City of Toronto hosted a birthday party for Franklin the Turtle on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular children's book Franklin in the Dark at the Franklin Children’s Garden on Toronto Island.

The birthday festivities were emceed by local councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). Franklin author Paulette Bourgeois gave a special reading and Franklin illustrator Brenda Clark illustrated simultaneously. The celebration also included an unveiling of a topiary resembling Franklin's best friend, Bear; performances by award-winning Splash'n Boots, dubbed the U2 of children’s music; readings by Tara Stadius from the Toronto Public Library; arts and crafts; and a birthday cake.

"TD Storybook Place, in the centre of the Franklin Children's Garden, was designed as a learning landscape for young children and their families," said Councillor McConnell. "It is also a place to have fun and a great deal of fun was had today."

"The Franklin Children's Garden is one of the only parks in the world that has been inspired by characters of children's literature," said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. "For the past six years, the garden has inspired children to discover the natural world around them through the interactive features available and is an example of one of the great public spaces for children in this city."

Franklin the Turtle's 25th anniversary celebration was sponsored by TD, Kids Can Press and the Toronto Public Library.

Kids Can Press is the largest Canadian-owned children's publisher, with an award-winning list of over 600 picture books, non-fiction and fiction titles for toddlers to young adults, including Franklin the Turtle, the single most successful publishing franchise in the history of Canadian publishing, which has sold over 65 million books in more than 30 languages around the world.

Kids Can Press is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at

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