On the Hill
By Lisa Jahn-Clough
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618407415, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
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Camille lives on one side of the hill, and Franzi lives on the other, but neither one knows that the other is there. They both love their own little houses and all of their animals, but something is missing. So one day Camille and Franzi each set off around the hill in search of someone with whom to dance, to share interesting conversations, and to tell stories at bedtime.
Readers of all ages will find good company in this simple, charming tale of finding love and making room for it to grow.
Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Missing Molly, Simon and Molly Plus Hester, and On the Hill, as well as her debut young adult novel Country Girl, City Girl. She is the chair of the illustration program at Maine College of Art and also teaches at the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Portland, Maine.
"Cheery, cartoonish, childlike paintings illustrate this simple, satisfying tale." School Library Journal
"The warm oranges and yellows reflect the story's cheerful timbre as the two find each other and then creatively solve the problem of how to coexist comfortably with their animal broods." Publishers Weekly