Children's Books of the Year 1969 (CSA)
Author Biography: Russell Hoban, author of A Bargain For Frances, also wrote five other books about 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, and Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams. Mr. Hoban lives in London, England.
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
|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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not my favorite Frances book; I think it's too text heavy for one thing. Also everyone sort of behaves badly in this story except Gloria so it's hard to sympathize. Frances won't play with Gloria because she considers her too babyish; she wants to play with her friend Albert, but he wants to go off on an outing by himself because he considers her too girly. Later on, she tries to play ball with him, but he and his friend Harold won't let any girls play. Frances decides to get revenge by having a SUPERFUN outing with Gloria and not letting any boys come along. Yadda yadda yadda, it all ends happily with all four badgers playing baseball together.It does show quite well the self-centeredness inherent in children's friendships! But, like I said, not a very sympathetic story.
This is not the most sympathetic story, with people excluding other people and only including them to get back at their OTHER friends, but it is pretty realistic to little-kid politics. Well, if you ignore the badgers, anyway.First Frances won't play with her "baby" sister, then Albert won't play with girls, then Frances and her sister won't play with boys... oy! Luckily, everybody ends up realistically happy at the end.
I realize that I have already professed my love for the Frances books by Russel Hoban but this is one of my very favorites. Having grown up the ONLY girl in my generation in a family FULL of boys, I love the part about girls who like playing sports and catching frogs. I find the story of Frances sticking up for herself an important lesson for children everywhere (and probably adults too!). I also absolutely love her wonderful songs. This book is a joy to read, I love making up new tunes for her songs. This is not only entertaining but an empowering book for little girls and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
As, a child, this was my favorite story. I had the audio tape and every night I would either listen to it or have my mother read it to me before I go to sleep.
I absolutely love this book, it was my favorite growing up!