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A Bargain for Frances (I Can Read Book) Hardcover – September 30, 1970
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always a favorite for young children. Keeps their attention.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My niece loves the Russell Hoban books about "Frances". This book came in very good condition.Published 3 months ago by Rosa Lee Shepherd
***THIS IS A REAL REVIEW!!! I DID NOT RECEIVE A DISCOUNT OR FREE PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR MY AMAZON REVIEW!!!***
My 6-yr old loves this book!
I love the powerful message of this book . See comment on Best Friends With Frances..Published 6 months ago by Kessitto
"This book was nice and I liked it. I liked how they were friends, but sometimes the promises weren't perfect." - my 6 year old daughter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Bortoni
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 6 months 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 8 months ago by michele betancourt