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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Summer had just begun, but Cornelia had a list of things she wanted to complete before starting third grade in the fall. It was day nine of summer vacation and Cornelia had already finished a planned science project as well as secured a special space of her own in the house. Her third project required a bit more time. Cornelia’s goal was to afford a fancy lunch with her sister. First, she needed to find a job. Cornelia loved making lists and decided to create a list of job ideas and chores she’s good at. Cornelia first helped her dad in his car garage. She earned ten dollars! Cornelia knew she was good at drawing, making her decision to draw pictures to sell at the Trading Post Market where she earned five dollars. After earning more money by helping her mother with housework and then holding a yard sale, at last, Cornelia had enough money to treat her sister to a meal at the fancy restaurant…or does he?
Cornelia and the Fancy Lunch is the second book in the Cornelia Chronicles, written by Jodi Stapler and illustrated by Maria Flo. Cornelia learns that it is okay to ask for help in times of need while illustrating the rewards earned by working hard and staying focused. Jodi Stapler’s use of age-appropriate language combines with coming of age lessons of responsibility and self-worth in this delightful addition to the Cornelia Chronicles. Cornelia and the Fancy Lunch flows effortlessly and is a reminder of the good in today's youth.