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!
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Anna Alter is the author and illustrator of Estelle and Lucy, Francine's Day and The Three Little Kittens. She has also illustrated several books by other authors, including The Purple Ribbon and The Bird Shadow. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches young children.
In her own words:
I began drawing at an early age, both my parents were artists and encouraged me to be as creative as I wanted to be. I was always surrounded by beautiful books, and have wanted to create them ever since. I consider writing and illustrating books for children a great privilege, a passion and the most wonderful job a person could have.
Though as a child I was always involved in an art project of some kind, it was not until I was a teenager that I began writing stories to go along with my pictures. I knew at the age of fourteen that this was what I wanted to spend my life doing. I was lucky enough to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where I pursued children’s book illustration right from the start. My first book with Greenwillow, Estelle and Lucy, began at RISD as a project in one of my studio classes.
After I graduated I quickly moved to Boston, portfolio in hand. I began working at a children’s book publisher and learning about the steps I needed to take to pursue my childhood dream. Once I was able to have my stories and illustrations published, I knew that all the time spent chasing this career was well worth it.
I have never differentiated between the art on walls and in museums, and the art in picture books. I feel books are a unique art form in their ability to fully absorb and transport their reader. My hope is that the stories I’ve written, and the art that supports them, gives children a place to see themselves in the world.
In addition to writing and illustrating, I also spend my time teaching in various ways. Some days I teach children’s book illustration at Montserrat College of art. Some days I travel to schools to talk about making books. Other days I work with preschoolers at the Boston Children’s School, who love their books as dear friends, teachers, and sometimes snacks! I am honored to count my books among them.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-Francine does not want to do what's expected of her, but she does it anyway, without any fuss. She gets up, dresses, and goes to school. Once there, the little fox does what she is supposed to until it is time to go home, where she gets a big hug from her mother. Francine keeps busy until bedtime, and even though she doesn't want to go to bed, she does. Uncluttered, pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations in soft hues contribute to the low-key mood of the story. There is neither conflict nor drama, just a matter-of-fact presentation of a youngster's day. Most children will relate to it.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0066239370I3N00
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Clean, crisp pages. Solid binding. Cover and dustjacket show minor wear, minor outer soil. Hardcover book (library binding) with dustjacket copy of Francine's Day by Anna Alter. New York: Greenwillow Books (Harpercollins Publishers), 2003. Pages unnumbered. 8-3/8 x 10-1/8 inches, 26 cm. From the dustjacket: Francine does not want to get up today. And she doesn't want to get dressed. And she doesn't want to eat breakfasst. 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! Accelerated Reader: BL 2.6, Pts 2.5. Bookseller Inventory # 001444