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Bedtime for Frances Hardcover – September 29, 1995

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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's 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 the Paperback edition.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Reprint edition (September 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006027106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060271060
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ah, the first of the wonderful Frances series. Yes folks, this was the first of what is now a very well known, often read and beloved series about the adventures and misadventures of a little girl...oops, I mean badger! Frances has sort of become a classic for the wee ones.

Now you will note my five stars rating on this work. Please, before you start mindlessly hammering the negative vote button like someone apparently has done to each and every positive review of this one, read on for a bit. If you disagree with the review be so kind as to leave comments as to the reason why...that is what these reviews are for; first to inform, second so we can all discuss and learn from each other.

This is most certainly one of those books that allow the parent, grandparent or other adult responsible for a child to earn their keep. There are most certainly aspects of this book that are bound to offend some readers in this day and age and those making reading selections for their child should most certainly be aware of those issues before they make that decision as to weather or not to read this work to their charge.

This is the story of a very human like little badger girl who is fighting the good fight as to going to sleep as she should, something not at all uncommon with children. She uses many ploys such as request for milk, more kisses before sleep time and such, and then after she actually gets into bed her overly active imagination (another common trait among kids...thank goodness) takes over keeping her awake even longer. Eventually exhaustion from her silly antics our little badger girl drifts off into sleep.

Note that the book plays, through use of words and rhythm to lull a child.
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By JS on January 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, and brilliantly illustrated. The others in the series (like Bread and Jam for Frances) did not use the same artist and have an inferior look. The picture of Frances and her Father brushing their fangs before bed is incredibly cute, and my children think the picture of the father half awake in bed is hilarious. The original black and white illustrations are actually better and more scary-looking. Get an older copy if you can find it.
To the more hysterical people in this forum who think their children are irreparably harmed by the spanking reference: I think what you really don't like is that the father threatens a spanking without being portrayed as some horrible monster. Aren't books supposed to be about learning? Just tell your children that back when this book was written (1960) smacking kids on the butt was a fairly common form of discipline. Tell them that you think this is wrong, although some parents today disagree. If your children are still traumatized, then you better home school them, because they are simply too emotionally fragile to go out in the real world.
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Format: Paperback
Francis was my favorite as a kid - and I love her still. I think it is sad that something as completely wonderful as a Francis book has to spark controversy - but then nowadays what doesn't? Thank God I grew up in the seventies when we were still allowed to have fun, be kids and yes, occassionally, get our little badger bottoms beat if we got cheeky.

VIVA LA FRANCIS!!!
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By A Customer on February 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like all the Frances books, this one is entertaining, and the Frances character is an excellent role model for girls; she is strong willed, creative, and challenges authority at every turn. Do not miss out on or condemn this wonderful, beautifully illustrated and very funny story because you dislike spankings. Most children and adults are competent to deal with a scene wherein a grumpy, frequently-disrupted father threatens to spank a child if she wakes him up one more time, particularly if, as in this story, the scene is done in a humourous way. Spankings, whether you agree with them are not, are a fact of life: many parents choose not to spank, but most children are aware that spankings exist! Further, the spanking (which does not actually occur) is far from terrifying to Francis, nor should it be to you. If the threatened spanking disturbs you, make this a "teachable moment" and talk to your child about why you have chosen not to spank, why you think it is wrong, and why some parents in the "olden days" did: out of tiredness, frustration, or the sense that it was a parental obligation and a societal expectation... after all, this book is 40 years old. It is far better, in my opinion, to discuss your values with your child at opportunities like this than it is to simply censor difficult topics.
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Format: Paperback
Frances was a classic when I was little. Now I read the same stories to my son. Whenever he keeps stalling, not wanting to go to bed I pull out Bedtime For Frances and read it to him. He smiles because so many of Frances' attempts to stay up late are so similar to his own. We don't spank, but he gets the idea that going to bed is serious business. When the story is over I ask him, "Now, what is your job?" and he closes his eyes with a sweet smile on his face. We both feel better and I can turn out the light.
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