Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2 Series)
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Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

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by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban
     
 

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Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets. Unless Mother can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Overview

Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets. Unless Mother can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
Frances knows what she likes - jam spread on bread. In fact, this is all Frances wants to eat, so her wise mother gives her just that for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Finally, one evening when everone else gets spaghetti and meatballs, Frances starts to cry and declares that she would like spaghetti and meatballs too! In the end, Frances enjoys a wonderful lunch at school, filled with a variety of foods-but no bread and jam!
Children's Literature - Victoria Ryles
Frances is determined to eat only bread and jam for every meal. She likes it so much she makes up rhymes in honor of her favorite food. She also makes up rhymes about food she does not like. She sings about the egg her parents want her to try: "I do not like the way you slide, I do not like your soft inside…" However, "Jam on biscuits, jam on toast, jam is the thing I like most…" Her parents encourage her to try veal cutlets, chicken salad, and spaghetti and meatballs. At school, her friend Albert enthusiastically takes out a variety of foods from his lunchbox, but, thanks to her parents' wisdom, it is not long before Frances willingly asks for something to eat besides bread and jam. Being picky about food is a trait to which many children can relate, and new readers will enjoy seeing how Frances learns to appreciate new foods. The use of repetition and rhyming create a sense of predictability and fun, and the simple yet warm and expressive illustrations bring this story to life. This is part of the "I Can Read" series. Reviewer: Victoria Ryles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060838003
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
150,107
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Russell Hoban was 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.

Lillian Hoban was the author and illustrator of many favorite I Can Read books, including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee. She also illustrated many picture books, including the classic stories about Frances.

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Bread and Jam for Frances 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LectorsBooks More than 1 year ago
I don’t remember reading any of the Frances books as a child, but when I got two recommendations for this book in a week, I decided to pick it up at the library. It seemed vaguely familiar to me, so I probably did read it eons ago. The story and illustrations are delightfully simple and fun, and I loved all the little songs Frances makes up. It tells a cautionary tale for picky eaters and what can happen when you get what you think you want. It made me laugh because I go on food kicks where I only want to eat one thing, so I’ll eat it for weeks on end, then I can’t bear to look at it anymore for another several months, when it comes back into rotation. My current obsession is cinnamon toast. It’s toast with butter and cinnamon and sugar and you can pretend it’s a real meal with a cup of tea. LOVE IT. Anyways, I highly recommend this book for early readers or younger. One of my favorite things about it was when Frances unpacks her lunchbox and she’s got a little doily and vase of flowers in addition to her food, I thought that was just a sweet little touch. It was a charming book and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Frances series. ** Review Originally Posted at Lector's Books **
spiritedcharm More than 1 year ago
I wish it was available on Nook!
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Kaimilalola More than 1 year ago
I read the "Frances" series when I was little. Everytime I read it to my children, it reminds me of how much I loved to read it over and over in my childhood.
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MargaretJS More than 1 year ago
Bread and Jam for Frances was a favorite for my daughter, who is now 32. We read it so many times, I used to dread seeing her bringing it to me to read to her. When she started to read on her own, she read it to herself over and over. She read it to her son when he was little. My grand-daughter who is now 5 loves this book. Again, I am asked to read it over and over; which really is easy, because after all the times I had read it in the past, I still know it by heart. This is really a great book for children. I would recommend this book to any parent for their child, especially if you have a very picky, finicky, selective eater. This is really a great children's book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this story. The theme is a good message to children to try new foods, even if they don't think they like more than one thing that is offered to them. Also, I like the mother's and father's decision to only give Frances what she thinks she likes best for every meal. Eventually, the little badger sees that getting what she wants isn't always the best thing for her. Also of quality are the illustrations and the story telling. For example, the badger experiences life as a human being. The use of personification and the animals' lives makes the story interesting to children. Frances is a badger whose voice and errors in judgement will go to your children's hearts. This is a good book for your library. I recommend this book to picky eaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much as a child! I still have the fondest memories of it, and so am happy to fork out the 17 bucks to share this gem with my daughter. However, the version I had as a child came with one of those 'pull-out' records, the kind that looked like it was a page in the book, but then you could tear it out and it was a record. I loved the way they sang the songs most of all, and I wish I could find a version of the book that came with one of those old records...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there was any book that I wanted my mother to read me more than any other, this would be the one. I never tired of hearing about Frances, the badger who only wanted to eat bread and jam until her wish is actually granted. Moms, Dads, and kids will all love this tale about Frances and her insatiable desire for bread and jam.