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Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
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Olivia Forms a Band (2006)

by Ian Falconer

Series: Olivia (4)

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Olivia decides there has to be a marching band at the fireworks display, even if she has to do it herself.

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Love all of these Olivia books. I love the illustrations they are so eye catching. I think this book is perfect for kindergarten and up. Olivia is a confident pig who struggles with the same emotions and problems as a kid. ( )
  Heather.s.mccormick | Nov 13, 2019 |
Olivia is a true go-getter. When she hears there won't be a band at the picnic, she decides to form her own one-pig band. Olivia shows you can make great things happen with the things you already have...and a little imagination! ( )
  kbengtson | Jan 24, 2019 |
I like this book because it teaches students how to make the best of what they have. Olivia made a band out of her family because she knew that there would not be a band at the picnic she was going to. She made them uniforms and everything. She just teaches you that if you want something then you should make it happen. You can do and be anything you want to be. ( )
  Mas119 | Sep 18, 2017 |
That imaginative and willful little pig Olivia returns in this fourth picture-book chronicling her adventures, this time determined to create her own marching band, when her mother informs her that the fireworks they will be seeing that evening won't have musical accompaniment. When her family members don't prove as enthusiastic as she is at the idea of participating, our porcine heroine decides she will have to do it by herself. After all, as Olivia reminds her mother, she alone can sound like five people, so why not form a band...?

Like its predecessors, Olivia Forms a Band is a superb picture-book, one that pairs a pitch-perfect narrative about a feisty and creative young girl with lots of energy and not a lot of restraint, with absolutely hilarious illustrations that are as beautiful as they are entertaining. Ian Falconer is at the top of his form here, adeptly capturing the droll expressions on the faces of Olivia and her family in his charcoal and gouache artwork. A number of photographs - a rock band, a marching band, the Supreme Court! - are worked into the artwork, in the thought bubbles. Highly recommended to anyone who has read and enjoyed other stories about Olivia, as well as to anyone looking for stories about feisty young girls and their imaginary inner worlds. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 26, 2017 |
Olivia wants to form a band for the firework show. But, none of her family members want to play with her. Olivia being determined went ahead and formed a one person band and played a few instruments all by her self. She ends up deciding to not bring the band to the firework show. Instead, she would rather be with her family. A theme to this story could be to always be determined. Even if things don't go as planned always give it your best shot and work with what you got. Olivia did just that by forming her own band and be able to manage multiple instruments at once. I think children in prek-2 could easily enjoy this story. The text appear In small amounts and I really enjoy how the instrument sounds are written. They are spread out, capitalized ,and typed in bold.Giving much opportunity for the reader to use different voice pitches which always keeps the students engaged. ( )
  Phallan | Feb 1, 2017 |
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