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Farewell Floppy

by Chaud, Benjamin,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Picture Books PICT F CHAUD 2015 CRAFTON 6/16
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Juvenile - Picture Books
Call Number  PICT F CHAUD 2015 CRAFTON 6/16
It was the perfect plan: abandon pet rabbit Floppy in the woods and take a giant leap toward adulthood. Having a bunny that moonlights as a best friend is for babies, right? It's better to cut a pet loose, make new human friends, and not be so dependent on a floppy-eared fur ball bent on chewing electrical cords, right? If saying good-bye to Floppy is required to grow up, why does life without Floppy seem so wrong? From Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of The Bear's Song and The Bear's Sea Escape , comes this unforgettable, thought-provoking picture book about the power of unlikely friendships.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A boy introduces Floppy, his amiable but languid pet rabbit, by describing his good points (soft as a pillow with fur like silk) as well as his bad points (useless as a playing companion for football, wrestling, or cowboys and Indians). The boy, deciding that it's time to move on from having Floppy as a best friend, takes him out to the woods and, despite a few qualms, leaves him there, tied to a tree. The boy quickly repents and returns, but he must search long and hard to find his pet again. It remains unclear whether the boy's initial decision to ditch his pet was prompted by outside pressure to grow up and make some friends. But as his need for Floppy becomes apparent, he becomes an increasingly more sympathetic character. The reference to playing cowboys and Indians and its accompanying illustration are, at best, anachronistic. Still, Chaud, a gifted French author and illustrator, offers a nuanced first-person narrative illustrated with expressive use of line and a fine understanding of dramatic composition.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this provocative study of a guilty conscience, Chaud (The Bear's Song) introduces a boy who's planning to get rid of his white rabbit, Floppy. "I can't have a rabbit as a best friend anymore," he explains. "I'm not a baby." Echoes of "Hansel and Gretel" accompany the boy's journey deep into the forest to let Floppy go. Sensitive readers will shift in dismay as the boy ties Floppy to a tree: "Now Floppy would never follow me again." But it's not that simple, of course. Suddenly anxious and indecisive, the boy realizes that Floppy won't be free if he's tied up. When he returns, Floppy is already gone. Crows flee in alarm as the boy tries to follow Floppy; the bare trees and the boy's blowing hair heighten the tension. When he finds Floppy-in a far better situation than anyone might have expected-he's shamed and enlightened at the same time. Thoughtful characterization and dreamlike forest landscapes give flavor to the boy's changing emotions, and Norman's translation allows Chaud's puckish humor to shine through. Ages 3-5. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lop rabbits -- Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile fiction.
Responsibility -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Lop rabbits -- Fiction.
Rabbits -- Fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
Responsibility -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher San Francisco, California :2015
Other Titles Adieu Chaussette.
Contributors Norman, Taylor, translator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in France in 2010 under the title Adieu Chaussette"--Copyright page.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
ISBN 9781452137346
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