Also, here is a reprint of a brief review I wrote of an audio collection of Frances stories which appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Family Fun magazine. Even though I wrote this review years ago, when my boys were much younger (you'll see our audio was actually a cassette tape!), we continued to listen and laugh to the Frances stories for years.
Here's my original review:
Summertime and the living is easy…and the car rides are long. When we hit the highway with our two boys, Jamie, age 10, and Craig, age 7, we always bring plenty of audio books and stories to pass the miles. You can bet there’s a long waiting list for the sixth Harry Potter book at your library this summer, so here are some lesser-known audio gems that have become our road trip favorites.
Russell Hoban’s Francis books already have many fans, but Glynis Johns, best known as the suffragette mother in Mary Poppins, adds a special charm to The Francis Audio Collection. We’ve heard the four stories on this tape dozens of times over the past five years and we still laugh out loud at Francis’ clever songs and big sister antics. Ages 3 and up (we haven’t outgrown it yet!) Harper Children’s Audio, $12 cassette tape.
Are you or your kids fans of Frances? We may just have to dig out our old cassette tape to celebrate her 50th anniversary!