Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, ill. Lillian Hoban
Hungry? With the new year comes a whole set of resolutions. Not knowing that Kate is on the Whole30 again, I have forced her to read a book where bread plays a major role. Bread, heck. This is a book that could turn children into bonafide foodies. In spite of the fact that all badgers are born in February, we’ve decided to do this book in January. And then, in the course of things, Kate starts looking up what the USDA recommendations are for children, we consider the wackadoodle utensils of the Badger household, what exactly a lobster salad sandwich is, etc. As Kate points out, this is a perfect New Year’s Resolution book because in the story you are encouraged to try new things and break out of your comfort zone. Justification!
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– Behold! The magnet Kate got me. Ain’t she a good sister?
– If you’re curious about the interview I conducted with Russell Hoban in 2010, you can read the transcript here.
– Is Frances actually the most famous badger in children’s literature? The only other contender that comes immediately to mind is Badger from The Wind in the Willows but how many American children can remember him off the tops of their heads?
– Pipe, check. Housedress, check. Could we get any more 1964?
– This is the point at which the housewares of this book start to get crazy good. Note the magnificent copper cooking equipment with the matching copper teapot.
– I have eaten some good meals in my day but few homemade lunches have ever compared to Albert’s feast. Is this “a badger thing”?
– To say nothing of his fabulous pants.
– “The most interesting utensils of all”. So out of curiosity I went out to find this pepper grinder’s real world equivalent. I think I found it:
– Oh, boy . . . back up, people . . .
– It’s the tiny basket of cherries that destroys me. “Would you like a cherry? I have them in a little wicker basket. It’s the size of your palm.”
– This is what a lobster salad sandwich actually looks like
– And. Again. Albert rocking the pants.
– The book showed up at #27 on the Top 100 Picture Books poll.
– You can hear the entire text of the book here in this video. And I have to admit, that’s a better egg song than the one I came up with.
– Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Hat tip to Shadowbrok3r for the image.
– And finally, the secret truth we knew all along:
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