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La hora de acostarse de Francisca (Bedtime for Frances)
     

La hora de acostarse de Francisca (Bedtime for Frances)

by Russell Hoban
 

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Famed for her many adventures, Frances made her debut with this title over thirty years ago. In this first Frances book, the little badger adroitly delays her bedtime with requests for kisses and milk, and concerns over tigers and giants and things going bump in the night. Long a favorite for the gentle humor of its familiar going to bed ritual, Bedtime for Frances

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Famed for her many adventures, Frances made her debut with this title over thirty years ago. In this first Frances book, the little badger adroitly delays her bedtime with requests for kisses and milk, and concerns over tigers and giants and things going bump in the night. Long a favorite for the gentle humor of its familiar going to bed ritual, Bedtime for Frances is at last available with the warmth of full color enriching Garth Williams's original nuanced and touching art.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
An enchanting picture book with winsome illustrations and a text in which there is humor and a real sympathy for the maneuvering of the reluctantly retiring young. .
Criticas
PreS-Gr 2-Short, declarative sentences along with rhythm and repetition in the dialog work together with Hoban's clear sense of childhood to make the little badger in this story a beloved character. This is one of the best books about Francisca, portraying not only a child's-eye view of the bedtime ordeal but also the quiet patience of parents as Francisca makes repeated appearances to express her fears about things she sees and hears in her bedroom. Gonz les's translation captures Hoban's rhythms, maintains the shifts in tense, and avoids the temptation to translate the protagonist's quirky poetry literally. Gonzales finds adequate Spanish-language equivalents yet still maintains the rhyme scheme of the original so that readers feel the poetry of Hoban's language. This edition also includes an updated version of the full-color illustrations that Garth Williams completed in 1996. This definitive Spanish-language edition is recommended for libraries and bookstores everywhere.
—Tim Wadham, Maricopa Cty. Lib. District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Just like many children, Francisca tries to stretch her bedtime as far as she can. She asks for milk before bed; she asks for a piggyback ride from her father; she asks for extra kisses from her parents. Finally, she is all tucked in bed. But no matter how hard she tries, she just isn't tired. So she sings an alphabet song to help her sleep; however, when she gets to the letter T, she thinks of tigers. Then she thinks she sees one in the corner, and she becomes afraid. She informs her parents, but they send her back to bed. Luckily, she realizes the "tiger" is just her bathrobe covering a chair. But then there is the crack in the ceiling through which things might come to get her. Later, the movement of her curtains frightens her. Throughout the book, Francisca learns to confront her fears about nighttime. Adorable illustrations depict Francisca as a cuddly, furry animal. The readable text, simple vocabulary, and realistic nature of the plot translate into a good book for children who want to read for fun or for a teacher who wants to share a cute story with students. 2002 (orig. 1996), HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ramirose Ilene Attebury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060254421
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Frances Series
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 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.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

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