Bread and Jam for Frances: Russell Hoban

Bread and Jam for Frances

Author/Illustrator: Russell Hoban
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Publication Year: 1964
Brief Summary: Frances refuses to eat anything other than bread and jam, until she finally gets tired of it.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Trying new things…when was the last time you tried a new food?  Did you like it or not?  It’s okay to not like something, but important to have the courage to try.  How does this apply to other “new”/”first” experiences?  Write/illustrate something new you’d tasted/done.
  • Ahead of time — have kids bring in a “new” food they want to share with their classmates (have parents list food allergies or sign consent forms for this “indoor” field trip).  Print out paper “passports” so that kids get a sticker or stamp for every new food they try…if they try everything brought in, they can get a small prize (get to check out an extra book, etc.).

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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