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Bread and Jam for Frances (Frances the Badger)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  21,039 ratings  ·  279 reviews
America's favorite badger is now in full color!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 19th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1964)
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Shawn Thrasher
One of the most perfectly written picture books - perhaps one of the most perfectly written books ever. Every single word is meticulously chosen, carefully placed on the page, like an artist painting a masterpiece. Wipe away the familiar story for a moment, the (just right) illustrations of badgers (?), and the now familiar rite of childhood trope of picky eaters, and rather think about this book as a long, free verse poem. It's a rich, lush, descriptive book that aches to be read aloud, not jus...more
Probably due to length and vocabulary difficulty, this is somewhere around a level 4 reading book. Perhaps better read out loud by a parent. Story-wise, my children all loved it. Especially my 5 yr old. A story he could completely relate to about a child only wanting to eat their favorite things, it was a plot I could get into as well. Be prepared your child might go the way of the parent in the book and try to get you to feed them their favorite food for every meal until he gets sick of it. Not...more
Even though I don't actually like most of the foods that comprise Frances' particular diet (barring bread and jam, of course), the book always made me really hungry anyway. Adventures in food are such a huge part of growing up, and no book I can presently recall understands, or represents with such joy, the endlessly aggravating, impossible to predict, and hilariously beautiful relationship that kids have with their lunch.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I loved this book growing up. The moral of this story is "Be careful what you wish for." Frances only wanted to eat bread and jam every day. At first it was nice, but she got sick of it after a while. Seeing all the different things her family got to eat, and she only got bread and jam. And that spaghetti sure did look good.
I was not fair to my daughter last night. I persisted in reading Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, to her even after she lost interest and started standing up and running around on the bed. I couldn't put it down. This is a favorite from my childhood that I am happy to revisit and will revisit again when my daughter is a little older.

Frances is a girl (well, a badger) after my own heart. She'd rather eat bread and jam than eggs. As my friends know, I abhor egg dishes, but will happily...more
Frances Loves PBJ's and in the mothers infinate wisdom she blesses Frances with PBJ's at every turn. As Frances sings her feelings from enthusiasm to forced conviction she slowely comes to the realization that variety is not a bad thing and ventures to ask for the spaghetti that others are eating. I love the rationales Frances provides for not eating certain food "but sunny side up eggs lie on teh plate and look up at you in a funny way and sunny-side-down eggs lie on their stomachs and wait and...more
Bread and Jam For Frances personifies a young female badger as a fussy eater who loves bread and jam. The illustrations in this book are very soft employing pastel colors, soft edges and shading. The story itself is extremely realistic, as many children have refused to try new foods at one point in time. This book can help teach children the importance of variety and trying new things as even their most beloved treat can become stale and boring. While I thing the moral of the story is a good one...more
Jessica Navarrete
I enjoyed reading this book about Frances, the badger and her eating habits. The story begins with Frances and her family having their breakfast. This day they were having boiled eggs but Frances wouldn’t eat it. Frances loves bread and jams and won’t eat anything else. When she tells her mom that’s all she likes her mother only feeds her bread and jam for meals including snacks. After having bread with jam for so many meals, Frances notices she doesn’t feel as energized when she’s jumping rope....more
'I have a thermos bottle with cream of tomato soup,' she said. 'And a lobster-salad sandwich on thin slices of white bread. I have celery, carrot sticks, and black olives, and a little cardboard shaker of salt for the celery. And two plums and a tiny basket of cherries. And vanilla pudding with chocolate sprinkles and a spoon to eat it with.'

'That's a good lunch,' said Albert.

I always wanted a little cardboard shaker of salt in my lunch. One of my very favorite books!
Theresa Womack
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban is a great book to teach children that if they never try anything new they will never know if they like anything different then what they already like. I actually know a few adults who need to read this book. I first picked up the book and looked at the front cover you see a picture of an animal eating bread and jam. The book is vertical and even though it is vertical there are not "PEOPLE" in the book, however the animals in the book act like people. I...more
Brittani Troutman
I believe Bread and Jam for Frances is a great classic for students. Adventures with food are such a huge part of growing up and sometimes hard for many students. This book is beautifully written and is very well thought out.

In the book Frances starts out not wanting to eat anything but bread and jam. She tells her parents all the reasons why she doesn’t like other foods. Many of the reasons are due to the way the food looks. As time goes on Frances parents starts giving her bread and jam for...more
Another of my favorites from the Frances series. Reading the stories now as an adult, I still love them, but I think the reason I loved them SO much when I was younger is because my mom did a PERFECT voice for Frances, perfectly portraying her adorably/bratty/sassiness… I try, but my Frances voice will never be as good. Anyway this is a great book for children who are still new to reading books on their own. This Frances book is about her love for… you guessed it… bread and jam, and her distaste...more
About picky eaters and really a model for parenting, this has been a favorite of mine for a long time - but not for those reasons! Such cute illustrations of little Frances the badger who is very fond of jam. I like the pace of it and it's gentle conclusion.
Jan 11, 2009 CLM rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my godson
So glad my nephews and nieces are enjoying the badger my siblings and I grew up with!

What I am is tired of jam!
One of my favorites when I was growing up. So glad that my little one loves it just as much.
Sarah Hurd
Read with my niece tonight. I forgot how much I liked Frances books.
I love you, Frances. So flawed. So true. So funny.
I had completely forgotten that one of my favorite bedtime books that my dad read to me when I was little was "Bedtime for Frances" by Russell Hoban until I saw this book on the NY Library's List of Best Children's books and checked it out of the library. Oh the nostalgia!

This one was definitely more for my enjoyment than for Alana's as it's written for a slightly older child thanks to the length of the story and vocabulary - recommended age is 4 to 8.

I'll look forward to revisiting this and t...more
This story is a classic! It is one of my favorites from childhood. The full-color art in the Frances books is beautiful. One of the things children will like about this story is that it can happen in real life and I'm sure many children can relate with Frances, the fussy eater. Frances turns up her nose at everything new. I remember being like this as a child, in fact, I'm still the same. As Frances points out in the story, "...I always know what I am getting, and I am always pleased." Bread and...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Frances, a young badger girl, wishes to eat nothing but bread and jam, although the rest of her family enjoys many kinds of food. Her mother gently and lovingly teaches her the value of eating a diversity of foods by plying her with nothing but bread and jam until she is very tired of it, and by the end of the story she has learned to enjoy other foods. Young children, who often gravitate toward the same comfort foods for long periods of time, will identify with Frances' preference for bread and...more
Hoban, R. (1964). Bread and jam for Frances. New York: Scholastic.
(renewed and reissued in 1992)

Frances the badger determines that she only wants to eat bread and jam, despite being tempted with other delicious foods by Mother, Father, Gloria her sister, and Albert her friend. After eating bread and jam for a while, Frances reconsiders eating her favorite food all the time!

Horn Book Guide 9/1/1993
Publisher's Weekly 6/27/1987

Curriculum Connection:
Students in 1st and 2nd gra...more
Oh, how I love Frances, in all her bossy, selfish, crafty, hilarious, unselfconscious narcissism. The writing is sharp and tart, and the drawings are exquisitely rendered. You know a children's book is good when you insist on reading it to your kids, night after night, even when they're begging you to read them something different.

Frances doesn't want to eat anything but bread and jam, morning, noon and night, even though her mother makes the most yummy and labor-intensive meals; poached eggs fo...more
I loved Frances when I was a child and I'm glad that I went back to revisit this beloved classic. Frances, a charming little badger, is persnickety in a way that is frustrating and adorable all at the same time. Frances' mother cooks amazingly delicious meals but Frances turns up her nose at anything besides her favorite meal: bread and jam. Frances' mother, instead of fighting her, feeds her bread and jam for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally, in a sweet little dinnertime meltdown, Frances d...more
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 on...more
This book is quite amusing and I enjoyed guessing what would happen to Frances' eating habits later in the book. Frances would only eat bread and jam; she wouln't eat any of the meals her mother cooked for dinner or any of the lunches she packed for her. Instead, she would eat bread and jam for every meal. After a while, Frances' mother stopped making her the other food that her family ate. She made her bread and jam for dinner, bread and jam for breakfast, and packed bread and jam in her lunch...more
One of my favourite childhood stories from one of my favourite authors (for both children and adults). Like many little children (or badgers), Frances is becoming a fussy eater to the extent that she will eat nothing but bread and jam. She likes it because she knows exactly what it tastes like, and therefore can always eat what she likes. She seems to have a particular aversion to eggs, and Frances' songs to and about food are one of the joys of the Frances books for me:

"Poached eggs on toast
The next day when the bell rang for lunch, Albert said, "What do you have today?"

"Well," said Frances, laying a paper doily on her desk and setting a tiny vase of violets in the middle of it, "let me see." She arranged her lunch on the doily.

"I have a thermos bottle with cream of tomato soup," she said.
"And a lobster-salad sandwich on thin slices of white bread.
I have celery, carrot sticks, and black olives,
and a little cardboard shaker of salt for the celery.
And two plums and a tiny baske...more
We have also recently added the I Can Read! Level 2 edition of this book to our library shelves after a splurge on most of the Frances I Can Read! books by my preschooler's request. Though she is not yet reading on her own, Frances is a character she is requesting often. The sing song poems are in italics and the font text is very large.

Bread and Jam for Frances is definitely a title that I remember and I think for my own picky eater it is a fun one to read as the same thing can get old after a...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Frances enjoys being a fussy eater: rejecting foods, making up hilarious songs about her objections and only eating bread and jam. When her mother accedes and only offers Frances bread and jam, while the rest of the family enjoys variety, Frances reconsiders her choice.

Frances is one of the most appealing and witty characters in children's literature and the subtle charm and wisdom of Hoban is always worth noting.
The Frances books really stand up to the test of time. Students in grades K through 4 can identify with Frances' obstinate and independent spirit. This book in particular could be used to help students identify details that create imagery. In addition, students could generate their own jump rope rhymes dedicated to favorite/hated foods.
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