If you're anything like me, the warm days and long nights of summertime bring back some great childhood memories. Like after dinner bike rides to DQ for Dilly Bars, and soaping up the picnic table bench 'cause it made the perfect slide for the backyard kiddie pool--once you got over the whole splinter-in-your-bum factor. But one of my favorite childhood memories was the reading program at the local library.
Despite my love of books now, I wasn't a big reader as a child. (Who wants to read when there are trees to be climbed?!) But something about the reading program got me fired up, and every summer I actually enjoyed reading. Maybe it was being forced inside by the unforgiving Denver sun without cable TV to entertain me, or perhaps it was the enviable prize pack if I met my goal (who doesn't want a free scoop of ice cream and an eraser shaped like a light bulb?!), but whatever the reason, during the summer I loved to read.
So, for today's Book Rave, I thought I'd break standard Valentine protocol and rave about a book that you won't find on the new release wall. Today I'm going to rave about my all-time favorite childhood book, BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES, by Russell Hoban.
Like many of my favorite childhood stories, this book is about an animal who does peopleish things (It's a word!), but what makes this little badger different than other children's book characters, is her authenticity. Frances is not sweet all the time, she doesn't share when she's supposed to, and she certainly doesn't want to eat a poached egg for breakfast. Frances learns things the hard way and throws a fit while doing so--just like most of us, which, I suppose, is what makes her so darn likeable.
If you're looking for a sweet, funny read (with adorable illustrations!), pick up a copy of BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES, or any of the other delightful books in the Frances series. And if you have time, take a trip down memory lane and tell us about your favorite childhood book or summertime read.