A Baby Sister for Frances

by Russell Hoban

Other authorsLillian Hoban (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1964



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Scholastic (1964)


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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LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
This is childrens' book classic. Told from the point of view of a badger, Frances is jealous of her new baby sister, Gloria. Gloria seems to be distracting enough that mama badger is forgetting to do the laundry and shop for groceries. As a result, Frances feels neglected and needs to be noticed.
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Accepting a new sibling can be hard on anyone, even badgers!
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
The Francis books are tender and sweetly drawn. They were all my daughter's favorites. Francis is not such a goody two-shoes that children can't identify. She struggles with the same issues they do. In this book it is the addition of a sibling.
LibraryThing member allawishus
Another cute Frances book; this time I'm struck by the patience and sweetness of her parents. They don't act surprised by Frances' actions, they don't overdramatize, they just quietly remind her and each other how vital Frances is to their family.
LibraryThing member hnebeker
This is such a wonderful book for a child who is expecting a new sibling. I just love the part where she runs away to underneath the kitchen table and packs provisions. It's great how the parents pretend like they don't know she's under there and talk about how much they miss her. All of the
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Frances books seem to find a way to address some type of issue that is universal to small children.
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LibraryThing member satyridae
This one was a big hit with both the little boy and the medium-sized girl who are here today. Running away under the dining room table is the single most enchanting thing they have ever heard of. I suspect they will be trying it for themselves shortly.

One can't go wrong with Frances.
LibraryThing member kelseyo
This book is good one for families who are expecting a new baby. It teaches the older child that their parents can love the new baby and still love and have time for them as well.
LibraryThing member rpazmino-calligan
In this book, Frances has to learn how to live with having a baby sister. She runs away to her living room, and after hearing how much her parents miss her, she comes home. She realizes that her baby sister needs her and that she needs to be a good big sister.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
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
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does, but not too far away. Just far enough so she can still hear her parents say how much she is missed.
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Original publication date



0590318977 / 9780590318976

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