Bread and Jam for Frances

Bread and Jam for Frances


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Frances, one of children's best-loved characters for over 30 years, now springs to life even more in Bread and Jam for Frances,beautifully reillustrated in sparkling full color by Lillian Hoban. In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish'at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacktime. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064430968
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/1986
Series: Frances Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 20,190
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frances is a picky eater. She likes bread and jam because it's consistent.Her parents are understandably upset by this, but they deal with it in the most practical way - they give her exactly enough bread and jam to fill her up for life.The story is resolved very quickly, after only a day, but satisfyingly. "How do you know what I'll like if you don't even let me try it?" indeed.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never realized how much this book shaped my feelings about food when I was little! I remember really identifying with Frances when her Mom didn't serve her any spaghetti and meatballs - I might have even cried! It was about so much more than just being a fussy eater - it was about being recognized and having choices! The psychological complexity of the story is astounding! I'm sort of kidding . . . but not really. ;)My favorite part is the extravagant lunches Frances and her friend Albert bring with them to school - and there's almost a fetish going on with the loving descriptions of salt shakers and puddings and custards and the concept of "making it all come out even"!I have so much love for this book and the whole Frances series.
Pebbles2029 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, I adored this book. Like Frances and her addiction to bread and jam, I was addicted to this book. The book is one not only of gentle entertainment, but also teaches the reader about trying new things and exploring differences. Years later, my mother gave the book to me as a lark but I admit I've read it over a few times (and no, I don't have children to use as an excuse!).
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great way to help children learn about the wonderful reasons to try new foods and also a good reference when dealing with picky eaters. I think this book could actually be helpful if used in a lesson plan about nutrition for young children. The fact that Frances gets sluggish and bored when she eats only bread and jam for days could be used to point out that we don't feel so great when we eat poorly. One of my favorite things about Hoban's writing is how he depicts Frances's parents. They always allow Frances to figure things out for herself. In this world of "helicopter parenting" I think his books could easily be just as beneficial to parents as they are to children. There is a certain wisdom in how her parents react (or don't). Another great educational tale about our friend Frances.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age appropriateness: primaryGenre: Modern FantasyMedia: pen and inkThis is a great example of modern fantasy because the main characters are animals and they take on human characteristics; they talk, eat, go to school, and do all kinds of things that we do on a regular basis.
SaraLukaszewicz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a badger, named Francis, who is a picky eater. All she wants to do is eat bread and jam. She refuses to try anything new that her parents offer her. She even makes up sweet little rhymes about the foods that she finds unpalatable. Her parents decide to give Francis as much bread and jam as she wants. She eats it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can guess what happens next. Francis gets sick of bread and jam and decides to try other foods. This is a great story about picky eaters and not being afraid to try new things.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frances will eat nothing but bread and jam until that's all she's given and life gets boring. Super cute story, Frances is a character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom read this to me as a kid in a vain attempt to get me to eat more things since I was such a picky eater. I always liked the book as a kid and I'm not as much of a picky eater as I once was so I guess it worked.
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.