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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
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Published June 27th 2002 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 1969)
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Megan
Oct 08, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carola
Feb 27, 2012 Carola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It would ruin my day to have to explain it."
Madie Marie
Apr 19, 2016 Madie Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Picture book number 14- In this book Frances wants to play ball and tells her sister Gloria that she is too small. Then she goes to her friend Albert's house but he is going wandering and catching frogs and snakes.. things that Frances can't do. So she goes home to play ball with Gloria. The next day so goes to Alberts to play ball and Harold is there. They tell Frances it is a no girls game. So Frances goes home and plays with Gloria again and tells her that they will be best friends. They go o ...more
Becky
Mar 21, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best Friends for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1969/1994. HarperCollins. 32 pages.

First sentence: It was a fine summer morning, so Frances took out her bat and ball. "Will you play ball with me?" said her little sister, Gloria. "No," said Frances. "You are too little." Gloria sat down and cried. Frances walked over to her friend Albert's house, singing a song: Sisters that are much too small To throw or catch or bat a ball Are really not much good at all, Except for cryin
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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
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Connie
May 15, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leanna Little
Jun 15, 2015 Leanna Little rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother was a second grade teacher all of my childhood, and she kept a collection of books and records in her classroom. Many many times I listened to this story performed with instrumentation, singing, and at least two performers- also Bread and Jam for Frances. Hoban's stories, including The Mouse and His Child, and stories for adults like "Mr. Rinyo-Claxton's Offer", and the novella "Turtle Diary" comfort me with their solid detail and whimsy.
And poetry: (a Frances' song from Bedt Friends
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Ellen
This is our first read from Hoban's "Frances" series. Although I cringed sometimes (angrily calling her friend Albert "fat"), I think the genuine up-and-down emotions of navigating early friendships in this classic are still very relevant today. Maybe the characters don't always make the best decision, but the reader can relate to the battle between being the bigger person and reacting from a hurt place. In spite of my child's disinterest in the book based on the cover art, he became fully atten ...more
Christina Hyde
This book centers around a young badger named Frances who's still struggling with what it means to be both a friend and sister. This book is one of many Frances books and I didn't enjoy it too much.

This book was extremely wordy. I got lost on what the take away message was because there was so much talking and singing going on in the book. The author didn't have a clear tone or message that I could see, maybe "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but this was not clear from the boo
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Terri
Jun 21, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Russell Hoban's Frances books and Winnie the Pooh were staples of bedtime reading to my three little sisters and later to my own children. The simple truths Frances learned in each book were just right then, and they are still spot on today. After being left out by her friend Albert, Frances tells her little sister Gloria, "'And I think I will be your friend now.' 'How can a sister be a friend?' said Gloria. 'You'll see,' said Frances," who proceeded to prove what good friends sisters can be. "' ...more
Amanda
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
Sunny
Oct 06, 2008 Sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Frances as a child and 20 years later, I still love to read this collection
Alyse Erickson
Dec 08, 2015 Alyse Erickson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tl-307
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 friends, too!
Stephanie
Sep 26, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fat boys that eat too much lunch
Can't do a thing but munch and crunch
And play with snakes and frogs."


As always, a very funny Frances book that had me laughing out loud a few times. This time, Frances gets scorned by her friend, Albert, for being a girl. It wasn't my favorite of the series, but still enjoyable.

"'Then I will go home and play a no-boys game with Gloria, Mr. Fat Albert. So ha, ha, ha.'"
Monique Williams
This is a very wordy book. I would most likely break it down and read it in parts and hopefully build excitement about what is going to happen next. I would have the children predict the story and pick out key vocabulary words to teach. This overall message of the story is that you can have more than one friend. This would be a beginning of the year story for children who have trouble making friends.
Rosa Cline
Apr 28, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, baby-siblings
Frances the badger gets agrevated because her 'boy' friends won't let her play because she's a girl. Her little sister Gloria wanted her to play with her but Frances wanted to play 'older' games. But she soon finds out that Gloria can do the things she thought she couldn't. They start having fun together and Frances soon learns that her best friend can be her sister.
Laura Lee
Oct 25, 2014 Laura Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gloria, Francis's little sister, wants to play with her. But Francis thinks she's too little. When the boys she wants to play with leaves Francis out, Francis's turns to Gloria to be best friends. They have a big outing without any boys but they finally let Albert in. Cute.
Kristine Hansen
Jul 17, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-easy-reader
I have some mixed feelings about this book.

Frances is quite frankly a jerk in the way she treats Gloria. Her song about little sisters is just mean-spirited and cruel. I can't help but wonder if Gloria overheard any of that.

But then Frances is the victim of the same kind of treatment and things change. I like how she comes around to being a true friend toward her sister, and how even Albert discovers he's been cruel as well.

I've liked Frances books since I was very young and read my first one.
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Kathy
May 17, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathy
Mar 11, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-picture-books
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.
Michelle  Cropper
I think that the ending of the book had a good moral, but I don't like the name calling in the book.
Bethany
Aug 22, 2016 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read for 5420 class

This book is a roller coaster of gender norms, and not in a good way.
C. Soriano
The concept was lovely, I just didn't care for the way the story played out.
Margaret Chind
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
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KayCee K
Nov 18, 2014 KayCee K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet book! I love the draws and story line. Great book!
Caitlyn
Oct 21, 2008 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
May 25, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shows that even your siblings can be your best friends.
Tiffany
Feb 24, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laurens-books
My five year old said this is a five star book. :)
Betty
Jun 28, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice. A little preachy maybe, but still good.
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