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A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban

A Baby Sister for Frances (1964)

by Russell Hoban

Other authors: Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)

Series: Frances (2)

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Frances isn't sure about her mother and father having another baby. ( )
  NDeBlieux | May 3, 2019 |
  SteppLibrary | Aug 26, 2017 |
Frances's new baby sister seems to have everyone's attention. No one has time for Frances, until one day she decides to do something about it. "Well," said Frances, "things are not very good around here anymore. No clothes to wear. No raisins for the oatmeal. I think maybe I'll run away." And she does, but not too far away. Just far enough so she can still hear her parents say how much she is missed.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 20, 2016 |
This is a story about a little badger family, particularly the daughter, Frances. Her parents had just had another baby girl and Frances became upset because things weren't the same with a baby sister in the house. Because of this she runs away - to underneath the dining room table. From there she hears her parents talking about how much they miss her and she decides to go home.
Uses: I feel like this is almost a better book for parents to read than children! But I feel like it would be a good one to read with kids who are grumpy about their new little sibling. I might not use it in class, as I feel like it is better suited to be a bedtime story.
Medium: pastel
  meggienell | Mar 4, 2016 |
Media: Colored Pencils
This is a delightful story of how Frances feels after the birth of her younger sibling. Many children feel the same way that Frances feels in this book after the addition of a new sibling. It is a good story to help teach children that even when a change occurs in the family, they are not loved any less. This is a very relate-able story.
  anine14 | Feb 16, 2016 |
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One quiet evening, Frances the badger is sitting under the kitchen sink, singing a little song, "Here are the buckets and brushes and me, / Plinketty, plinketty, plinketty, plee." When she stops singing to listen for parental coos of approval, she hears nothing. Frances is sure it's all her new baby sister's fault. It's why she has no raisins for her cereal, and it's why her new dress isn't ready for her to wear to school. She thinks she may run away after dinner. And she does! She takes her carefully packed knapsack and settles in under the dining-room table.

As she sits sulking and eating cookies, her mother and father, fully aware of her presence, begin talking about how much they miss her, and how much they love her little songs, and how a family is everybody all together, not just a baby. Frances can't stand it anymore. She calls them from her imaginary telephone and tells them she'll be home soon. Russell Hoban and illustrator Lillian Hoban succeed again with a tender, comical, heartwarming story that will make any big brother or sister feel better about a new sibling in the house. For more adventures of this endearing, enduring badger family, don't miss Bedtime for Frances (with illustrations by Garth Williams); Bread and Jam for Frances; Best Friends for Frances; A Birthday for Frances; and A Bargain for Frances. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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When things change around the house after her baby sister is born, Frances decides to run away--but not too far.

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