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Bread and Jam for Frances (Frances the Badger)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  26,730 Ratings  ·  344 Reviews
America's favorite badger is now in full color!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by HarperFestival (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
Sep 07, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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.
Mar 10, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2015 Constance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps my favorite Frances so far. Frances does not like eggs and makes up a little song:

I do not like the way you slide,
I do not like your soft inside,
I do not like you lots of ways
And I could do for many days
Without eggs.

I can relate, Frances, I can relate.

The illustrations are wonderful, with Frances eating her toast and jam and staring with no small level of concern at her soft-boiled egg.

Frances is a picky eater and pretty soon she is turning down her string beans and all sorts
Jul 16, 2007 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2011 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 12, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This is the tale of a mother. A loving mother, who does her very best to prepare delicious, healthy meals for an intransigent child who does not care that her mom is just trying to prevent her developing anemia, scurvy, or some other obsolete, nutrient-deficiency-caused illness. That cute badger exterior conceals an iron will, and her mother quite sensibly caves. I salute you, Frances' mother, for your passive-aggressive solution to this problem. Inspired by you, I will be feeding my toddler onl ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ms Threlkeld
I remember enjoying this book as a kid, so I thought I'd revisit it as a soon-to-be mom. While I like the message and Frances is extremely likable, the book is so text-heavy that I imagine most kids would lose interest about halfway through.
May 29, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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looking through daughters books and just read this in 3 minutes. brought back memories of rereading this several times as a kid. great book!
Laura McCloud
Nov 15, 2015 Laura McCloud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite childhood book! As a child I always wanted to have what France had for lunch at the end of the book.
Frances learns to branch out from just her familiar favorites.
Maria Bulfamante
Such great illustrations, it'll have you wanting to read more!
Trish Hopkins
Bread and Jam for Frances is a delightful story bout a badger names Frances who does not want to eat her eggs or anything else her mother offers her. All she wants to eat is bread and jam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Her parents decide that Frances shall get her wish to eat only bread and jam for every meal, including school lunches and afternoon snacks. After tiring of eating only this one meal, Frances bravely samples the variety of foods her mother offers, discovering that life offers ma ...more
Madison M.
Mar 29, 2016 Madison M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet spin off of a loved character Frances. This story tells us how Frances loves bread and jam and won’t eat anything other than bread and jam. His mother and father try to get him to eat what they are having for their meals, but instead she just wants to eat bread and jam. So, mother stops serving him the food that the rest of the family is eating and serves her bread and jam for every meal. Frances sees other people trying new things and misses the chance to at least try it. In the ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bread and Jam for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1964/1992. HarperCollins. 32 pages.

First sentence: It was breakfast time, and everyone was at the table. Father was eating his egg. Mother was eating her egg. Gloria was sitting in a high chair and eating her egg too. Frances was eating bread and jam.

Premise/plot: Is Frances an adventurous eater or a picky one?!

My thoughts: Frances just LOVES, LOVES, LOVES bread and jam. She wants to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and
Lauren Grosch
Feb 01, 2016 Lauren Grosch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bread and Jam for Frances is a classic picture book about a badger and her love for bread and jam. Her family sits down for breakfast and they all enjoy their eggs however, Frances just eats bread and jam. She trades her lunch with her friend Albert because he had bread and jam. For dinner she eats bread and jam again. Her mom decides to only give her bread and jam from then on and eventually she gets sick of it.
This was probably one of the least colorful picture books I've ever read. The portr
Rosemary Sullivan
I remember when I was young, I mostly wanted to eat grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pizza. My parents would coax me to eat other food by saying things like, "Just one bite, that's all. Just one bite." My sister and brother tricked me into trying calamari by telling me it was a French fry. I remember thinking that for a fry, it was awfully rubbery.

That's what's so great about "Bread and Jam for Frances" by Russell Hoban. He understands that kids don't like certain foods
A fussy eater. I have one of those. Maybe two... sometimes three. So, even though this was part of of 1st grader's literature curriculum it was helpful in dealing with my four year old's food issues... especially eggs! How appropriate indeed! I may have to try the tactics employed here. ha!

Some of the words were a bit more challenging for my 1st grader but she persevered and read what I asked her to read. It's longer so I don't expect her to read all of it but she is able to decode most words.
Jessica Navarrete
Feb 04, 2014 Jessica Navarrete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'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
There isn't too much to say about this one. It's a cute story to read to kids who are very picky eaters. It helps them see that eating different things can actually be fun and delicious. I didn't really want to read this children's series before and this one book will satisfy my minimal curiosity for it. I now have a new recommendation for parents looking for a cute, fluffy story to read to their children.
I chose this book because EW magazine aka MY FAVORITE MAGAZINE has selected this book as 50 books children need to read and decided to read it! Overall it was rather dull and not surprising.

This is about Frances who only wants to eat bread and jam. So her parents used pretty much reverse psychology to make her eat regular food. Even if I was little and reading this I would not have been captivated by this story.
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
May 05, 2013 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books as a child and then my children enjoyed reading as well. Hoban created a delightful children's story that was both entertaining and with a moral. I'm not sure I have ever used the word "delightful" before in a review but here it applies, yes this was delightful and a good story for children and a fine book for adults to read to children.
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
Bridgette Hossbach
Book: Bread and Jam for Frances
Author: Russell Hoban
Illustrator: Lillian Hoban
Pages: 31

The story revolves around Frances the badger who doesn't like to try new foods. His song verses make him an interestingly clever character. However, when mom and dad start feeding him the same meal over and over again he realizes he was not too sly after all. Frances must break his habit, learn the importance of variety, and no longer eats just bread and jam.

Over all, the story was quite amusing. The moral of
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