Felicity & Cordelia: A Tale of Two Bunnies

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Felicity likes adventures. Cordelia likes to stay home. While Felicity sets off on her hot air balloon, Cordelia picks berries and bakes pies. Through letters, paintings, and dreams, the two are never far apart. When Felicity runs into trouble on her trip, she knows that it's time to come back home.

This charming story of two unlikely friends shows that differences can be a good thing.

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Overview

Felicity likes adventures. Cordelia likes to stay home. While Felicity sets off on her hot air balloon, Cordelia picks berries and bakes pies. Through letters, paintings, and dreams, the two are never far apart. When Felicity runs into trouble on her trip, she knows that it's time to come back home.

This charming story of two unlikely friends shows that differences can be a good thing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jahn-Clough's picture books—Little Dog, My Friend and I, Missing Molly—often focus on the relationship between two friends, and her latest mines similar territory. Recalling the Toot and Puddle series, this tale concentrates on two best-friend bunnies, Felicity and Cordelia. Like Toot, Felicity loves travel and adventure, and like Puddle, Cordelia prefers staying inside their cozy home. Jahn-Clough's naïf illustrations consist of bright, childlike drawings with some of the backgrounds scribbled in like coloring book pages or overlaid with broad brushstrokes. The simplistic sweetness of the illustrations is matched by text that, in its placid straightforwardness, may best serve newly independent readers testing their skills; it does little to amplify the drama of the story as Felicity's hot-air balloon trip hits a bump (literally), while Cordelia stays home and frets for the safe return of her friend. Neither character evolves in any appreciable way, and their entire friendship is so understated that, while readers may be glad for their happy (and inventive) reunion, they may not find themselves all that invested in it. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
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"Jahn-Clough’s illustrations are, as ever, childlike, winsome, and boldly colored. Her story . . . reinforces the importance and interdependence of distinct personalities as well as the beauty of real friendship." —School Library Journal

“The short text is the right length for lap-sitters or groups.” –Booklist

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Felicity, a gray bunny with tall ears, craves adventure and journeys skyward one day in the basket of a bright red hot-air balloon. Cordelia, a brown bunny with folded ears, prefers to stay home, sweep the floor, decorate the walls, bake pies...and worry about Felicity, who really should have packed an extra blanket and another slice of pie. Felicity has some unexpected setbacks but her cheerful ingenuity, along with "a whiff of something yummy," gets her safely back home to her waiting friend. Jahn-Clough's illustrations are, as ever, childlike, winsome, and boldly colored. Her story, reminiscent of Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's Mitchell Is Moving (S & S, 1978), reinforces the importance and interdependence of distinct personalities as well as the beauty of real friendship.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Jahn-Clough's low-key tale of friendship breaks no new ground but is pleasantly quirky nonetheless. Felicity and Cordelia are bunny best friends. When Felicity, the tall, grey one, decides to go hot-air ballooning, short, brown Cordelia decides to keep her feet firmly on the ground. Felicity promises to write every day, and pie-baking Cordelia asks her to head home soon. An unfortunate (but not too scary) accident strands Felicity "far away." Once she realizes she can't figure out how to fix the balloon, Felicity comes up with the perfect way to get back home, much to Cordelia's relief. The expressively childlike illustrations are as straightforward as the plot. The bunnies are simply drawn with heavy black outlines. Settings vary from pastoral sweeps of green fields and blue skies to cozy, brightly colored interiors with limited detail. Perspectives are flat, though scratchy shading is used to indicate texture. The bunnies' differences are played up amusingly in both words and pictures, but there's still not enough here to make Felicity and Cordelia stand out from the odd-couple crowd—though Felicity's letters home lend themselves nicely to classroom application.(Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374323004
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated many books for children and young adults and is the chair of Illustration at the Maine College of Art. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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