Franklin kept his fear of going to the hospital to himself. But, the X ray machine was just too much —he did not want them to see, by using it, how afraid he was inside. But Dr. Bear explained, “Being brave means doing what you have to do, no matter how scared you feel.” Franklin’s shell was indeed cracked. Dr. Bear had to put a pin in it, and that meant surgery and being anesthetized. Would Dr. Bear still think Franklin was brave? This Franklin story integrates a simple plot with a profound theme, conveying the nature of courage at a level children can understand.