Bedtime for Frances

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

A-
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: None
Violence/ Scariness: None
Diversity Issues: None
Date Released to DVD: March 31, 2009
Amazon.com ASIN: B001PA9JS8

The wonderful Scholastic series has a very special new release, Bedtime for Frances, with three animated stories about the beloved little badger. Author Russell Hoban’s Frances stories are filled with gentle humor and perceptive insights about the way children see the world. The title story has Frances feeling a bit anxious and fearful as it gets closer to bedtime and trying to delay with requests for more hugs and kisses and then asking questions about some of the things that scare her. The DVD comes with a custom-made hard-bound book featuring that story, Bedtime for Frances, which received the “Notable Children’s Book” award from The American Library Association when it originally debuted in 1960.

Children love to identify with the curious and imaginative little badger and to see her adventures with her little sister, Gloria, her mom and dad, and her best friend Albert. With Hoban’s story and animation from the Jim Henson company, this is a top-notch addition to my very favorite DVD series for kids. (NOTE to parents: There is a reference to spanking in the story but no one gets spanked.)

Related Tags:

 

Books DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week Early Readers Elementary School For Your Netflix Queue Movie Mom’s Top Picks for Families

4 Replies to “Bedtime for Frances”

  1. I love the Frances books and my daughter is just getting old enough to enjoy them too–especially Bedtime for Frances. I wonder if you have an opinion on what having the DVD for a book does to the reading experience of the kids. Do they enjoy the book more or less or just differently than if they don’t have something like a DVD? (And you might have covered this elsewhere.)

  2. What a great comment, Wendy! Many thanks. One reason I so love the Scholastic series is that they don’t try to cinema-tize the stories. The emphasis is still on the words and the pictures. The DVDs just bring them alive very gently, as though they are being read aloud. I am especially pleased that this edition includes a copy of the book so that the child can follow along.
    Even though I am the Movie Mom, I always acknowledge that books are more important than movies and that one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is a love for reading and writing. Parents should read to children every day; we read aloud to ours until they were in high school. But what matters most in encouraging kids to read is less whether the child has the DVD or the book than whether the child sees the parents reading and enjoying what they read. Once in a while, it’s a good thing to say, “I’m enjoying my book too much to play right now, but when I finish, I’ll tell you about it.”

  3. A GREAT reference for books that lend themselves for reading aloud is Jim Trelease’s book “The Read-Aloud Handbook the 2006-2007 edition. The first part of the book discusses the importance of reading aloud, reading aloud at home and school, TV, movies etc. The second part of the book is a WONDERFUL glossary of great books for reading aloud and organized into sections for picture books for infants, toddlers, preschool…all the way for books for kids in middle school. It’s an inspiring book and a fun read. I have handed out more than 100 of them over the last 20 years. When the children are older I then give your “Movie Mom’s guide to Family Movies” book to their parents. What a powerful combination.
    I’m so to have become more computer savvy and found your site. I LOVE IT.

  4. Thanks so much, Bobbi, and welcome! I love the Read-Aloud Handbook. We read aloud to our kids until they were in high school and the books we shared are still a treasured family connection.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE MOVIE MOM® is a registered trademark of Nell Minow. Use of the mark without express consent from Nell Minow constitutes trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation of federal and state laws. All material © Nell Minow 1995-2019, all rights reserved, and no use or republication is permitted without explicit permission. This site hosts Nell Minow’s Movie Mom® archive, with material that originally appeared on Yahoo! Movies, Beliefnet, and other sources. Much of her new material can be found at Rogerebert.com, Huffington Post, and WheretoWatch. Her books include The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments, and she can be heard each week on radio stations across the country.

Website Designed by Max LaZebnik