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Best Friends For Frances (Frances the Badger)

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When Albert says that Frances doesn't know enough to play ball, or to accompany him on one of his wandering days, she turns to her little sister Gloria as a playmate and they set out on a best friends only outing - with no boys allowed. Frances learns that sometimes the best of friends can be the people that you least expect and are often right under your nose, like your l...more
Published June 27th 2002 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 1969)
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Summary: At the beginning of Best Friends for Frances, Frances and her younger sister Gloria have a rivalry. Gloria wants nothing more than to spend time and be friends with her big sister, but Frances wants to be friends with Albert. When Albert rejects Frances as his best friend because she is a girl, Frances decides that maybe Gloria wouldn't be such a bad best friend after all. By the end of the story, Frances realizes that a sister can be a best friend, and that she can have other best frie...more
"It would ruin my day to have to explain it."
Josie Lynn
My little sister purchased the print and audio versions of this book at the book fair when we were little kids. We read and listened to it incessantly (well, we stopped to eat, sleep, and go to school), but most of our other waking hours for about a week or so were consumed with Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban (writer) and Lillian Hoban (illustrator).

Frances and Albert are best friends. They are also badgers who do not wear clothes, but that is completely irrelevant and only an issue i...more
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.
Another Frances book! Again these are wonderful read aloud books for small children as well as great books for beginning readers. I really love these books because we get to see the characters change through the books, unlike most children's books where baby Gloria would have remained an infant forever, here we see he getting older. Frances feels like she is being excluded by her good friend Albert when he has a boys only baseball game, and she thinks her little sister Gloria is too small to pla...more
I loved Frances as a child and 20 years later, I still love to read this collection
One of my most favorite and memorable books from childhood. Don't know why these books have always stuck with me when I've forgotten so many others; but for some reason I could always relate to the Frances series.
Frances tells her sister that she is too little to play baseball with, that it would take too long to get her up to speed. She goes over to Albert's house, but then Albert is hosting a boys-only baseball game and Frances is told she can't come. So she plans a Best Friends Outing No Boys event with her little sister. She makes a sign, packs lunches, games, and prizes in a wagon. Then Albert comes over wanting to play. A good story about friends, sisters, and not leaving people out, and Frances ad...more
Brendan Howard
I adored the Hobans' books when I was a kid, and I still love some of them. But this one is sloooooow. It's even got a girl-centric theme, but nope, Zahara was bored.
We have both an ex-library book edition of the picture book as well as the 6x9 early reader I Can Read! Level 2 of Best Friends for Frances and they are mostly the same outside of overall book size, font size and image size. We would read both interchangeably I think.

This adventure for Frances has to deal with friendships, both with her sister and her neighbor and friend that is a boy Albert. Learning to be fair, and show others how their words and actions make her feel this book teaches a good...more
Best Friends for Frances is a picture book that shows Frances and Gloria becoming best friends. At first, Frances thought Gloria was too small to play baseball but after Albert wouldn't play with her she played with Gloria. In the end, Gloria was allowed to play baseball with Frances, Albert, and Harold. The pictures in this book confirm meaning. An issue that could be raised within this book is the fact of girls playing baseball and participating in things that boys do. I would use this book fo...more
Shows that even your siblings can be your best friends.
Very nice. A little preachy maybe, but still good.
Bill Sannwald
A very lovely book and pretty lengthy, too. It was from an era when kids didn't need constant stimulation to hold their attention. I'm glad that Frances became friends with Gloria, as I've been trying to let my son know it's good to be friends with his younger sister. I was a little wary singing Frances's songs aloud, though, as she's kind of rude, what with calling Albert "fat" and all. Speaking of which, did Bill Cosby jack Fat Albert from Best Friends for Frances? Russell Hoban missed a good...more
Jessica Lowery
Frances excludes her little sister Gloria at first, but when she is excluded by boys in her neighborhood she decides to make a best friends club with Gloria and in the end the boys join it too. Hoban does a great job of broaching the dramas of childhood friendship, including sibling friendship and friendships between boys and girls. The scenarios seem very accurate and relatable. One thing that might bother some readers is the fact that Frances engages in name-calling and calls her friend Albert...more
This is one of my favorite Frances books for two reasons:
1) It reminds me of the friendship that my little sister and I had
2) It is the kind of friendship I hope my daughters have. In fact, when I was reading it to the two of them a few days ago, I tried to subtly brainwash them by making encouraging statements like "Oh look! It's best friend sisters! Just like you!"

and a third all Frances books, it has great little songs and descriptions of food. I always get so hungry reading the...more
Skylar Burris
I liked the sibling friendship angle of this book because my daughter and son are so close, but the "no boys"/"no girls" attitude completely through my daughter for a loop. Why wouldn't boys want to play with girls all the time and vice versa? The gender division is not something she has yet been faced with in real life, because, at four, she likes superhero wrestling as much as tea parties. She seemed to like the book, but she didn't seem to really get it.
Frances is friends with her sister and a boy. They have a picnic lunch together. There is a bit of "no girls allowed" so then the girls say "no boys allowed" but of course they give this all up in the end and everyone plays together.

There is a "Fat Albert" reference. This book was written 1969. I checked the internet and it said Bill Cosby put Fat Albert into his comedy, and then there was a tv show in 1969. The real cartoon did not start until 1972.
I have four grown children and I read to all of them beginning when I got them home from the hospital. When you choose a children's book, expect to read it at least 100 times if it's really good. Kids don't get board of books they like. For this reason, it was essential that *I* liked the books enough to read them over and over. Any book by either Russell or Lillian Hoban is endlessly readable and funny.
Such a sweet mom used to read these books to me when I was little. There was always a "moral of the story" of course but it was written with such a sweet and innocent style that I begged her to read them over and over again.

When Albert and his buddies have a "no girls" baseball game, Frances and her sister organize a "Best Friends Outing -- No Boys". In the end is a great lesson about friendship.
Christine Berger
I like the themes of making your own fun, compromising, and learning from friends. While it could be a discussion point for older kids, with my preschooler I edit the three instances where Frances name-calls her friend "fat." I'm not in a hurry to introduce her to the idea of teasing about appearances and I don't think the story loses anything from the omission.
This, along with the other Frances books, teach very straightforward lessons but in a format that is relevant to children. They are drawn to the animal characters and the relatable, easy to follow story line. The language is simple and moves quickly, and the rhymes and songs that Frances makes up are humorous and add to the message in the story.
Always loved the illustrations for Frances books. This one is sweet in the sisters learning to do things together. My sister was always one of my very best friends--at least for as long as I can remember! Not what I'm looking for in my RA request, but always fun to read another Frances book, as well as another book in the friendship subject.
Sadly, the Frances books have become dated and there are always some element that is out of touch w/ the times. That being said this was a sweet book. I like the Frances is a go-getter and thus a good role model for young girls: she plays sports, she's friends w/ boys, and she's not one to mope and cry if things don't go her way.
The Frances books pick up on the subtle differences between the way kids see things and adults see things and doesn't make light of them but validates the way kids feel about life. In a fun way! They are still a little old for my three year old and I find myself paraphrasing some things but my kid still loves these books!
Deborah Harris
AR Quiz No. 5458 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Book Rating Rating: 3.5
Oct 06, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers
Shelves: 1970s, childrens
I loved the Frances stories when I was younger. Easy to read and I could relate to the story. I finally read this one to our girls in 2010 and even after 30 years, it's still a fun story. It's a good book to read with young schoolage children, especially if they are having conflicts with friends.
I like the Frances books by Russell Hoban purely because they are entertaining for kids and adults alike. I think Bedtime for Frances is my all-time favorite, a must-read for anyone whose children are pros at making up a gazillion excuses as to why they can't go to bed on time.
Albert was Frances' best friend until he decides to play a no girls baseball game, so Frances allows her little sister, Gloria to be her best friend and they get sweet revenge by going on a no boys picnic. In this book, Frances really shines with her funny little songs.
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