If you are the parent of a picky eater and haven’t read Bread and Jam for Frances, I would rush right out and get a copy.
In the 1964 children’s classic by Russell Hoban, Frances, a little badger, wanders into the picky zone, but only temporarily. How, within two days, she escapes her rut of eating nothing but bread and jam is an inspiring tale full of lessons for parents and picky human children alike. It’s beautiful, humorous and understated. I get misty-eyed each time I read it.
A Good Example
First off, I love the father badger in the story. Each meal, he sits down and makes a cheerful and positive comment about what’s on the table.
“What a lovely egg!” he says at breakfast. “Now that’s what I call a pretty sight. Fresh orange juice and poached eggs on toast,” he says the next morning.
“What is there nicer on the plate…