By Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban
Frances, the main character, loves bread and jam dearly and wishes she could replace every single meal with this favorite combination. Frances’ mother decides to let Frances do as she pleases, and gives her jam and bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While Frances is initially delighted at the prospect, by the end of the day she discovers that perhaps it is important to try something new every day, after all.
Hoban conveys an important message to parents of picky eaters: if a child is allowed to make the decision about eating a variety of foods on his or her own, that decision is more likely to stick. In the beginning of the story, Frances was afraid to try new food. As she put it, “When I have bread and jam I always know what I am getting, and I am always pleased”. However, when the choices were taken away, she consciously made the decision to eat more of a variety.
After reading this book with your child:
“Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban. Harper Collins Publishers, USA: 1964.