Raymond and Nelda

by Barbara Bottner
Illustrated by Nancy Hayashi
Raymond and Nelda are the best of friends, but when their friendship gets off track, they must find a way to make up.
Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 9781561453948
  • Publication date: 03/01/2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 8-1/4" x 10"
  • Age Range: 4-8


Raymond and Nelda are the best of friends, but when their friendship gets off track, they must find a way to make up.

Raymond and Nelda make up funny songs and share chocolate-covered strawberries. They like to play ball and they always laugh at each other’s jokes. But one day, Nelda twirls for Raymond and falls down. Raymond laughs at her. “Some friend!” says Nelda. Now the two aren’t speaking. But life isn’t nearly as much fun without a best friend. It’s up to Florence the mail lady to deliver some important letters that might just help Nelda and Raymond make up and be best friends once again.

Barbara Bottner’s quirky story of a friendship negotiates the highs and lows of relationships. Nancy Hayashi’s illustrations colorfully capture the appeal of the characters and the charm of the story.


Barbara Bottner


Barbara Bottner studied painting in Paris, worked as a set designer, and toured the United States and Europe as a member of an acting ensemble before she turned to writing and illustrating books for children and young adults. She is the author of a nearly a dozen books, including Rosa’s Room and Raymond and Nelda, and is the author-illustrator of several titles, including Two Messy Friends and Pish and Posh. She lives in California.

Nancy Hayashi


Nancy Hayashi has illustrated seven picture books, including I Can Do It Myself!, Bunny Bungalow, which won a 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Wanda’s Monster, a CCBC Choice; and What Did You Do Today?,also a CCBC Choice. She lives in California.


“A  healthy dose of sincerity, pure and simple…the story, along with art by Hayashi, gives an easy grasp of both sides of the misunderstanding, and provides a way out for any reader in the same fix.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“In Hayashi’s clear watercolor, pen, and colored-pencil illustrations, the plump, awkward characters wear clothes and act like children, their body language as expressive of their anger and longing as their words… The intense feelings are elemental, and the scenarios are part of every preschooler’s world.” ―Booklist


Friends Medallion (Special Award) ―Virginia Beach Friends School, 2007

More Details

AR Level: 2.4
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Disagreements, Forgiveness, Friendship, Letters
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION /Humorous Stories

Books By Barbara Bottner