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Olivia by Ian Falconer

Olivia (2000)

by Ian Falconer

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Series: Olivia (1)

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This story describes Olivia's daily schedule, the things she likes/dislikes, and all the fun she has.

The book's illustrations represent exactly what the text says on each page, which can help young readers comprehend he story. Students can relate to this story by describing their own daily schedules as well as likes/dislikes. It also teaches students that age should not keep you from trying all kinds of activities. ( )
  Tori.Okosun | Apr 22, 2018 |
This book is about a girl pig and her family. It talks about her daily routine and all of the fun she has.
  JenB21 | Mar 5, 2018 |
This was cute and charming but overall left me a little cold. However, I could see my nieces enjoying this one. ( )
  coffeymuse | Feb 24, 2018 |
Olivia is very active and has a tendency to wear the people around her out. She is not afraid to try new things and she is always good at whatever she does. She likes to go to the beach on sunny days and go to museums on rainy days. In the end, even after she wears her mom out, they make sure they each know how much they love each other.

This book isn't the best to use in the classroom because there aren't many things that you can do to teach literacy skills. The one literary element I found was personification. This would be a good book to show younger students how personification is used in books. An activity you could so would be to have your students think of other books or movies that have personification in them. They then can write their own story that has personification in it. I liked this book as a child but looking at it now, from a teacher's perspective, it wouldn't be the best book to use in the classroom. ( )
  Sydneyls | Feb 12, 2018 |
This was one of my personal favorite stories as a child! Olivia is a pig who wears everyone out, including herself. The author/illustrator uses a unique use of color. His drawings use mostly black and white, but Olivia always has a hint of red somewhere on her. She has to choose a red outfit for the day, her mother takes her to the beach and she gets sunburned, and she goes on a few other adventures. The pictures will help children see exactly what is happening throughout the pages. ( )
  syd_neylol | Feb 8, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ian Falconerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andrews, V.C.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
俊太郎, 谷川翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
イアン ファルコナーsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bobco, AnnDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Osberghaus, MonikaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vogel, Hermasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
מולצ'דסקי, יעלTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689829531, Hardcover)

Olivia would be Eloise, if Eloise were a pig. She is good at singing 40 very loud songs and is very good at wearing people out. And scaring the living daylights out of her little brother, Ian, particularly when he copies her every move. She is also quite skilled at reproducing Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm #30" on the walls at home. When her mother tucks her in at night and says, "You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway," Olivia precociously pronounces, "I love you anyway too."

The New Yorker artist Ian Falconer's endearing charcoal portraits of his porcine heroine are spotted with fire-engine red gouache in all the right places--perhaps a tribute to Hilary Knight's red, pink, white, and black celebrations of Olivia's human counterpart? When she dresses up, the bow on her ears, her red lipstick, and her high-heeled shoes are all red. (The only time her shades-of-gray body is pink is when she is sunburned and the area where her bathing suit was is white!) Falconer does a fine job of letting the spare text set up the jokes for the visual punch lines--a dryly humorous interplay that adults will appreciate as much as children.

Preschoolers (and their parents) will see themselves in Olivia--a typical high-energy, over-the-top kid who likes the beach and Degas paintings, but hates naps. On the other hand, she combs her ears and is unusually gifted at sandcastle building. While we are certainly reminded of Eloise, Falconer's portrait is simpler in scope, less demented, and, as a result, less adult. Bottom line: precocious is fun, and we're tickled pink to have Olivia join the parade of, let's just say, individualistic youngsters. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

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