“That is how it is, Alice…
Your birthday is always the one that is not now.”
– A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban, pictures by Lillian Hoban.
Today is not my birthday. But it is the birthday of Lillian Hoban. Shall we celebrate with bread and jam? Or, perhaps, a Chompo Bar.
And read this Ode to Frances: “Who would have known that Russell Hoban’s tales of a badger would teach generations of children the difficult work of becoming human?”