A Bargain for Frances (I Can Read Picture Book Series)

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Frances and Thelma are friends—most of the time

Thelma always seems to get Frances into trouble. When she tricks Frances into buying her tea set, it's the last straw. Can Frances show her that it's better to lose a bargain than lose a friend?

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Overview

Frances and Thelma are friends—most of the time

Thelma always seems to get Frances into trouble. When she tricks Frances into buying her tea set, it's the last straw. Can Frances show her that it's better to lose a bargain than lose a friend?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760765173
  • Publisher: Backpack Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: I Can Read Picture Book Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Hoban is the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams. He lives in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    maybe not fun that for kids

    My son is not 4 yet but he already finished reading most of the #2(read with help) of the ICR series. He kept reading some books over and over, such as frog & toad, mouse story, mouse soup, zack's alligator..., but left this book aside... Then I read it. Right after reading it my first thought was, wow, what a story!... Then after a while I wondered, it is definitely a good story but can kids (from 4-8) really understand it? <BR/><BR/>The book actually tells how sneaky Francies's friend is and how many times she fooled Francies around and took advantage from her b/c she is a nice kid.... Finally Francies found this out and was deeply hurt then revenged.... I personally think, it is not hard for kids from 4 to 8 to read it, but the story itself can be too hard fro them to understand. The other thought of mine was, Francies series are for girls (b/c all charaters in it are females and it talks about girls' tricks) and I would not get more of it.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

    Tea Sets aren't just for girls...

    I know a few little boys would love to read this book, and have either of these tea sets. I take issue with the reviewer who thinks a boy ought not to read books with only female characters and a 'female' story line -- a real last century response. She misses the point of the story, which is about being an open and honest friend, a concept applicable to all genders. I think Rusell Hoban would also take umbrage at the idea that this book is strictly for females. What kind of message does a parent send to her children by not offering female centered stories? Does this mean we should not allow girls to read books with only boy characters? Of course not. That would limit us to about 1/5 of the entire literary repetory for children. This is exactly the kind of wrong-headed thinking that keeps girls in the passenger seat, out of the executive office, and lets boys think that girls ideas and statements are worth less than boys. Mothers, rather than teach your sons to devalue girls, teach them to respect girls by not making an issue of whether they read books about boys or girls. If he likes it, the gender of the characters should never be an issue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    wonder if too complicated for little kids to understand

    My son is going to be 4 in 3 months and he has been with 'I can read' for long time. Compares to other #2-reading with helps, I really doubt how much he could understand this story. It is a interesting story talks about how a sneaky girl played dirty tricks to fool her good friend Frances and how Frances revenged when she realized it.... Basically these books shouldn't be too hard to undewrstand. I personally think Mouse Tales/Mouse Soup, alligator, dinosaur, Morris the moose are much easier for kids b/c when they know what they are reading it is more attractive to continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    My Favorite Childhood Book

    When I was a child I would read this book over and over again. I loved it. I think this book has a valuable moral lessons for children and would highly recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Friends and tea sets

    This is a cute little story about Frances wanting to trade her plastic tea set for her friend's real blue China tea set. As the story goes along, Frnaces learns a lesson about being happy with what you have and being a good friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    A True Classic!

    This book was first introduced to me by my Mother when I was young in the late 70's, only I had the book with the record, not the audio tape. It quickly became one of my all time favorite books. To this day I still have the original book and record. Every little girl should have these classics in her collection. The stories are fun and easy to follow and will make good memories for years to come!

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