Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Frances was in the broom closet, singing:
Happy Thursday to you,
Happy Thursday to you,
Happy Thursday, dear Alice,
Happy Thursday to you.
"Who is Alice?" asked Mother.
"Alice is somebody that nobody can see," said Frances. "And that is why she does not have a birthday. So I am singing Happy Birthday to her."
"Today is Friday," said Mother.
"It is Thursday for Alice," said Frances...
"I am sure Alice will have cake and candy on her birthday," said Mother.
"But Alice does not have a birthday," said Frances.
"Yes, she does," said Mother. "Even if nobody can see her, Alice has one birthday every year, and so do you. Your birthday is two months from now. Then you will be the birthday girl. But tomorrow is Gloria's birthday, and she will be the birthday girl."
"That's how it is, Alice," said Frances. "Your birthday is always the one that is not now."

-From A BIRTHDAY FOR FRANCESby Russell Hoban, with charcoal illustrations by his wife Lillian Hoban.  November 17th last year, marked the 50th birthday of Russell Hoban's endearing and mischevious badger, Frances.  Today she's 51!  Read a "Frances Book" to celebrate!


  1. Yay Frances!!!! I remember checking these out again and again and again from the library!

  2. This is one of the first books I remember my own mom reading aloud to me. :)