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Jam and Bread and Peanut Butter: Friday Favorites, Ed. 11

Welcome to Friday Favorites! Each week (when I have the mental capacity and a free minute!) the blog features what my children have been enjoying most in the realm of children’s books. Some are old, some are new, all are worth a read!

We are in a lunchtime rut of grand canyon proportions. My kids always ask for a Bread and Jam for Francespeanut butter and jelly sandwich and I pretty much always give it to them. It’s easy, it’s on hand, it’s not completely terrible for them, and my oldest can make it herself.  This situation has only deepened with every reading of one of our favorite books, Bread and Jam for FrancesMan, we love this book.  Frances is a picky eater extraordinaire to start out the book. She sings delightful songs about jam: “Jam on biscuit, jam on toast, jam is the the thing that I like most!” But by the end she says, “Aren’t you worried that maybe I will get sick and all my teeth will fall out from eating so much bread and jam?” Sadly, Ella has quoted this almost verbatim in the past few weeks to me. Despite our love of Bread and Jam for Frances, our bread and jam habit needs to end. So what do you eat for lunch? Gives us some ideas! Or else all our teeth might fall out.

Other books we’re loving this week:

Bink and Gollie books, by Kate Dicamillo and Alison McGhee – We aren’t obsessed with these books. We’re almost obsessed. We only just discovered them a few weeks ago on our beach vacation and already I quote them more than Disney movies (which is a lot).  My favorite is Bink and Gollie but the kids like Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever best. They’re just fun stories about two quirky girls who live in some alternative universe where they live in tree houses and cook for themselves at age 9-ish. I don’t have a problem with unrealistic stories when to comes to kids books, but some reviewers on Goodreads.com don’t like these books because they’re too “unbelievable.” To which I say, “you have my pity.”

The Elves and The Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the class fairy tale. It’s also not too wordy or creepy for little ones. This book is going on my Gorgeous Picture Books pinterest board.

That’s all for this week! Check out all the Friday Favorites archives here.

One thought on “Jam and Bread and Peanut Butter: Friday Favorites, Ed. 11”

  1. Tricia says:

    Oh, I adore the Frances books! A Baby Sister for Frances is my favorite, I think, and it’s my go-to gift to the older sibling when a new baby is born. But Bread and Jam is a close second. I love the part where she sings, “What I am is tired of jam.” Sorry I don’t have lunch suggestions! My kids are grown now.

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