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Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Oct 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy; New Ill edition (Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434515
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's bedtime for young Frances--an adorable and irrepressible little badger--and everyone is ready but her. At 7:00 p.m. Frances is wide awake and bursting with youthful excitement. She tries every delay tactic she can muster--from demanding extra hugs and kisses to volleying a series of urgent last-minute questions ("May I sleep with my teddy bear?" "May I have my door open?"). She's almost positive there are spiders, giants and tigers in her room.

Any parent will quickly identify with this phenomenon--how the last minutes of the day suddenly become the most action-packed. Garth Williams' illustrations complement Russell Hoban's sweet story perfectly, capturing the endless energy and overactive imagination of Frances, and the waning patience of her exhausted parents. Bedtime for Frances is the perfect goodnight story to tell your wide-eyed children. And never fear, like Frances, they too will eventually, contentedly, drift off to sleep. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An enchanting picture book with winsome illustrations and a text in which there is humor and a real sympathy for the maneuvering of the reluctantly retiring young."--" Bulletin of the Center for
Children's Books""Anyone who has ever put a little one to bed will find this delightfully familiar, and the children themselves will enjoy the gentle humor and coziness of the story."--" School Library Journal""Here is the coziest, most beguiling bedtime story in many a day."--" The Kirkus Reviews"
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There are some children's books that I firmly believe are more important for parents to read than for children to hear and "Bedtime for Frances" may well be one of them. Frances is a determined young badger cub created by Russell Hoban who experiences the challenges of growing up with help from her devoted and honest parents. This book, with illustrations by Garth Williams, was originally published in 1960, which explains why there is a reference to spanking. Yes, today we look at that reference and even if we are not appalled outright we have to at least have second thoughts. But the strength of the Frances books is that there show how she becomes a critical and independent thinker, and certainly that is to be cherished.
The story is about Mother and Father trying to put Frances to bed at 7, when it was her bedtime. Unfortunately, Frances, like many a human child, is not at all sleepy and keeps coming up with ways to put off going to sleep. Her imagination, and her stomach, keep getting the better of her and while her parents are the most reasonable of badgers, they do have their limit as to how many of Frances' requests they will honor. I especially like the way that Father deals with the tiger and the giant that might be in France's room. Teachers interested in using "Bedtime for Frances" in the classroom should be aware that there is an excellent study guide for the book prepared by Mary Bolte, which should help deal with the "spanking" issue. This is important because apart from that one aspect, this is a wonderful book for teaching children without them realizing they are learning anything.
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I loved this book when I was a child but then I was afraid of the dark like Frances too. A beautifully conceived book which will reassure anyone who has ever seen monsters in their bedroom or imagined them under their bed. Charming little Frances comes up with all kinds of inventive excuses for postponing bedtime (some of which you will be all to familiar with if you have young children of your own!) and Mum and Dad are equally endearing too. This book has a sense of humour and will be loved by anyone with either a sense of humour too or a vivid imagination - or indeed both.
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My 3 y.o. found this book in the cupboard - it had been mine when I was a child and much frayed and tattered passed through the hands of our now 15 y.o. I've had to read it 8 nights in a row at bed time - he simply adores it and makes a great joke out of pretending to mistake the reading chair in the corner of his bedroom for a giant - just like Frances. He really identifies with her imagined fears and postponed sleep and, well, it works - off to bed happy as larry. The now notorious refernce to spanking? He hasn't noticed or commented on it - though it does make me think of that moment in The Incredibles when the mother is casting around trying to think of a punishment to threaten her kids with. All she can come up with is "grounding" which, as they are plummeting to earth, is nicely ironic. I really don't approve of spanking (or threatening) your children, but "I'll put you in the naughty corner" or "time out" just doesn't have the linguistic resonance to work in a piece of narrative. A tricky conundrum for the modern kid's writer, I guess!
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Frances is a great character, cheeky, resourceful and cute. In this book she procrastinates about bedtime, asking for all the usual diversions - drink, cuddle, food etc to avoid going to sleep. That's where the similarity with most bedtime books ends. Once in bed, Frances imagines all sorts of scary things in her room or coming through the window, but Daddy raccoon puts a stop to that with his wise, imaginative, sensible replies. Finally, in a touchingly loving way, after she wakes him up from his own sleep, he gently mentions a spanking if she can't stay in bed. Throughout the story he is portrayed as an endlessly kind, patient, comforting and loving father, and even the spanking mention is not made in a nasty or threatening way at all, but as part of loving boundaries to help his child learn to depend on her own inner resources to stay in bed. It works, and Frances conquers her demons. Reminds me of my cousin when her 3 year old wouldn't stay in bed; her husband took the boy gently by the hand and put him to bed in the basement room, gently telling him "that's where little boys sleep when they can't stay in their own bed". He never got up at night again.
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Lovely story to read to my grandaughter...brings back memories of the first book Bread and Jam For Francis Thankyou SO much for the speed at which you posted.
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