Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban

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The classic funny story about a stubborn little badger with very particular tastes in food.

Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets.

Unless her parents can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Join the generations of families that have laughed along as Frances sings Jam on biscuits, jam on bread, Jam is the thing I like most, Jam is sticky, jam is sweet, Jam is tasty, jam's a treat--raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, I'm very FOND...OF...JAM!

"The Hobans have done it again: a sly text attacking a real juvenile problem and attractive illustrations. Highly recommended." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Makes its point for fussy eaters ... gently, amusingly, and most effectively." -- ALA Booklist

"Frances discovers, in her own winsome way, that variety really is the spice of mealtimes." -- Publishers Weekly

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.

Target Age: 4-8

HarperCollins paperback: 

Pub Date: January 28, 1993

0.14" H x 9.92" L x 8.04" W

32 pages


HarperCollins I Can Read paperback: 

Pub Date: September 09, 2008

0.2" H x 8.8" L x 5.8" W

48 pages


HarperCollins hardcover:

Pub Date: September 09, 2008

0.44" H x 9.3" L x 6.36" W

48 pages