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A Bargain for Frances (I Can Read Picture Book) Hardcover – March 26, 1999
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When that playmate swindles her out of her savings, Frances doesn't go home and lick her wounds. No sir. She devises an ingenious plan to set matters straight and re-establishes the friendship on a more equitably basis.
Moms, if people tend to take advantage of your child (or someone else you know), this is a must-have book. Frances' resolution of the problem still thrills and inspires me every time I read it.
What really surprised me about this book is that it addresses what happens when one has a friend that isn't very nice, and it really went into the situation in detail. The heroine of the story didn't become a martyr, and neither did she just turn her back on her friend altogether.
When my daughter first read this book, she'd had some bad experiences with a friend - who is remarkably like Thelma, Frances's friend. I thought it was a nice tool for us - we discussed how sometimes a friend might not be very nice, and what the options are in dealing with this type of situation.
This is a very good early reader for girls and a nice story for any girl who has a friend they really can't trust. (Although I don't believe every similar real-life situation is handled so simply!)
The story could have ended there, with Frances learning a lesson. Instead, the author has Frances fight back by tricking Thelma. That's when Thelma says she will have to be careful whenever she plays with Frances, but Frances points out that "being careful is not as much fun as being friends." A good story for children and adults to enjoy and to discuss.
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EXCELLENT way to teach children to be wise with their money and honest with their friends. Fabulous, fabulous story line for elementary aged children on being wise with your money... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by amy francis
This story is awesome. It teaches the lesson of honesty and forgiveness at the same time. I remembered this from when I was 5 and I am 38 now! Read morePublished 2 months ago by michele betancourt
One of my favorite stories from childhood - this one will always get five stars from me. Frances learns a valuable lesson and definitely gets back at the insufferable Thelma,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pamela J Borvan
Meaningful, loving and surprisingly deep children's story about friendship, honesty and the value we place on possessions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ian Mark Rosen
This is a great book and CD set. I purchased it for my friend's 5 year old daughter, and she loves listening to it and having the book read to her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dean
very happy - arrived quickly in my mailbox - in bubble wrapped envelope so not at all damaged (book is softcover). Read morePublished 7 months ago by donna
This is really a cute book. If you aren't familiar with the Francis books then you should definitely get this one. Read morePublished 7 months ago by from pacific nw