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A Baby Sister for Frances

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Russell Hoban
Illustrator: Lillian Hoban
Date of Publication: 1993
ISBN: 0064430065
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2002, May 2001

Synopsis: When Frances the badger feels unloved and neglected when her family gains a new baby sister, she runs away--under the dining-room table. The gentle and quietly humorous story, with its realistic treatment of a familiar family situation, has been reissued in full color.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make a family tree by cutting out a tree shape, and using each branch to draw and describe a family member. How are they each important to the family?
•  Have you ever run away? Draw a picture of what you did. If not, draw what you think Francis did under the table while running away.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!