Bedtime for Frances

Bedtime for Frances

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The big hand of the clock is at 12.
The little hand is at 7.
It is seven o' clock.
It is bedtime for Frances.

It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one from Mother. And then there are tigers and giants and ominous cracks in the ceiling to keep her up. Will Frances ever go to sleep?

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 1975, c1960.
ISBN: 9780064434515
9780060223502
0060223502
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth

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milajenken
Oct 26, 2013

Spoliler alert! My 2.5 year ol daughter really liked this initially and we had to read and re-read (i really enjoy it too) BUT she eventually became scared and reluctant to read it. There is an old fashioned lesson at the end "Go to sleep or you get a spanking". A fear of a spanking, and the sound of moth wings on the window which remind Frances of a spanking, are literally the reasons why she falls to sleep! The entire book up to the spanking threat is adorable, and I was not expecting that conclusion. Initially I 'censored' but dad read it out loud in entirety, and I think it explains why my daughter ended up calling it a 'scary' book. Who knows.
I do like the characters, but I will preread all the Frances books first now for bedtime!

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