FELICITY & CORDELIA by Lisa Jahn-Clough


A Tale of Two Bunnies
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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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)
Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-374-32300-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2011


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