Francine's Day by Anna Alter

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Francine does not want to get up today.

And she doesn't want to get dressed.

And she doesn't want to eat breakfast.

And she doesn't want to go to school.

And once she gets to school, she certainly doesn't want to sing or recite or draw or even go to recess.

But Francine's day soon works its magic (with a little help from Francine's teacher and Francine's mother and even grumpy Francine herself), and when night time arrives, Francine doesn't want to go to bed, either!


About Anna Alter

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ANNA ALTER, like Desmond, was terrified of the spotlight when she was a child. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied illustration. Her books for children include What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? and Abigail Spells, which Kirkus Reviews called "a winsome tale [that] demonstrates the value of friendship during the trials and travails of life." Originally from Virginia, Anna lives in western Massachusetts, where she visits schools to speak about her work. You can visit her on the Web at
Published July 29, 2003 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting.

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Suggesting that even toddlers have bad days, Alter’s story is balanced with equal measures of gravity and levity.

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