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Olivia Saves the Circus: with audio recording (Olivia)

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Olivia remembers her trip to the circus very well. The performers were out sick, so she had to do everything. She...

rode on a unicycle
jumped on a trampoline
juggled five balls
tamed lions
flew through the air

Step into the ring with Olivia, where the lights are dim, the color soft, and a little girl's imagination is the main attraction. Now available as an eBook with aud
ebook, 44 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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We are officially Olivia fans! Adiravke
Jan 19, 2012 oliviasbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Olivia lovers
I treated myself with a used copy of Olivia Saves the Circus, one of the two "real" Olivia books I didn't own yet, via Amazon. The story and the pictures are wonderful. I do love Olivia. In this volume she is supposed to tell her classmates about her holidays and spins a tale which revolves around her single-pawedly substituting all artists and clowns and animal tamers of a huge circus show, because the entire performing staff suffered from an ear inflammation and - certainly - because Olivia al ...more
We've never met--to my knowledge--but Ian Falconer evidently knew me as a child. I was (and still am) this little girl. Today, children have forgotten the beauty of pretending and playing make-believe. This book introduces children to the limitless possibilities and joys of imagination. TV and X-box cannot compare. This is a story about a creative little girl being a creative little girl.
I hope every child(my son included) continues to live with the spirit that Olivia embodies, creating their o
Another cute story about Olivia, and I'm really starting to appreciate the illustrations of these books. An adorable story about our pig, Olivia, which has her telling her class about the day she saved the circus. My 5 yr old liked this more than my preschoolers, however, when the 2-yr-olds saw it later, they immediately recognized it and remembered the whole title. Turns out they were paying attention more than I thought they were.
This was better plot-wise than the other two I've read: at least it followed a day in her life, which made it feel less disjointed. The story she makes up about filling in for all the places in the circus when she is supposed to be telling a "true" story about her vacation is pretty cute.

I liked the variety with the colour--using pink in the circus scenes.
Another irresistible adventure featuring Olivia, from the 2001 Caldecott Honor Book of the same name. Olivia reports to her class the 'pretty much all true' story of her circus adventures, including performing as the Queen of the Trampoline."

CIP: At school, Olivia tells about her summer vacation and how, when she went to the circus and all the performers were out sick, she saved the day, becoming Olivia the Tattooed Lady, Olivia the Lion Tamer, the Flying Olivia, and more."

SLJ (Starred review):
A lot of children love to stretch the truth on what they have done on vacations and such. This is a great mentor text to help with persuasion.
What fun! I've seen the Olivia children's books, but haven't read any. I was delighted to discover that Olivia is a pig *happy dance*. I have a small but growing collection of pig-related things.

I've been an even bigger piggy lover since meeting several small piglet pets at my local feed store. They are darling, and so smart!!
Pretty much Olivia comes back from vacation and tells a story about “what happened” on her vacation. She says how she saves the circus. She says all the certain things she had to do to save the circus and after the teacher is skeptical about her story and asks her if it is true. Then she's at home and her Mom tells her not to jump on the bed as if she is the Queen of the Trampoline. Which in the story she told the class; she WAS the Queen of the trampoline and many more.

It rem
Hannah Stein
Oct 21, 2014 Hannah Stein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer is an imaginative narrative that tells the story of little Olivia the pig and her adventures at the circus. Olivia thrives in the spot light as she tells her classroom about the time she stood in for all the circus people who were out sick for ear infections. Luckily, Olivia knew exactly what she was doing! From lion taming to tight-rope walking to juggling, Olivia is the star of the show. At the conclusion, the teacher questions her on the truth of her st ...more
Erin Reda
Sep 25, 2014 Erin Reda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia saves the circus is about the little pig Olivia that goes to school and it's her turn to tell the class about her vacation. She has to get ready for school and says that she has to wear a uniform, which many students would be able to relate to having to wear a uniform. The book is about how she was part of the circus beginning with the Lion Tamer. The story is told from her point of view and it's cute because Olivia is a little girl (pig) and she tells a story just how anyone else that's ...more
Gwen Martin
This book was kind of strange and didn't seem to have much of a plot. Olivia made her brothers pancakes, the went to school and told her class how she saved the circus, then went home and jumped on her bed. After she told the class about her day at the circus, her teacher asked her if she was telling the truth, and Olivia seemed a little unsure. I think she actually made the whole thing up, which would make sense, since a young girl cannot train lions and swing on the trapeze without having year ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Ashlea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Olivia has won my heart with her corky personality and her fashion sense! Olivia has a great imagination is not afraid to share her stories and ideas but apparently not everyone is appreciative of her free spirit and imagination. Although the main character in this book is a pig Olivia is still relatable to a lot of kids. There are always the big sisters and big brothers that just want to help but always tend to make a bigger mess for their moms to pick. There are also the kids who go to schools ...more
Megan Laird
Feb 06, 2014 Megan Laird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Falconer does an excellent job at telling and picturing the timeless story of how Olivia saved the day before she went on a fishing trip with her father. An amazing read for young girls, it keeps children laughing with the tall-tales Olivia tells her class, as well as the simple, but hilarious, drawings. Although I enjoyed this book, I do not find many young boy readers to be too intrigued thanks to the pink illustrations and the female main character. However, this would be a fun read for t ...more
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary Olivia saves the circus through her imaginative retelling of what happened when she went to the circus.
Annotation - Ian Falconer does such a wonderful job with illustrations to help bull the story along and really express Olivia's imagination. Olivia resonates with kids because she seems so authentic to their experiences.
Age appropriateness 2- 6 years
Connection to six early literacy skills - this book hits on all of these skills.
Print Motivation - The story is wonderfully told and
Maite Marquina
Jun 23, 2014 Maite Marquina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This children's book was about a pig name Olivia. She has a baby brother name William and a older brother name Ian. She likes making pancakes for them, that was a big help for her mother. After breakfast she has to get dressed for school, she doesn't really the boring uniform, but she adds accessories to make it look better. At school Olivia tells the class about her vacation. She begins by telling her class about her vacation. She begins by telling her classmates about her trip to the circus. S ...more
Adalira Morningstar
May 21, 2012 Adalira Morningstar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adalira by: Zola
My lovely sister-in-love Zola brought this one and read it to the local Headstart kids while we were volunteering. These books are adorable and the kids loved them. The black and white with selective coloring art style is also really nice.
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 14th, 2014

Author: Ian Falconer

Title: Olivia Saves the Circus

Plot: Olivia is very excited to share with her classmates at school how she saved the circus when all of the circus workers were out sick with ear infections.

Setting: Olivia's School; the Circus

Characters: Olivia, Ian, Olivia's mom

Point-Of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Circus, Show-and-Tell

Style: Black-and-white illustrations with orange, and red hints throughout the book. Dr. Seuss-inspired illustrations. Random actual phot
David Roman
This children's book was about a pig name Olivia. She has a baby brother name William and a older brother name Ian. She likes making pancakes for them, that was a big help for her mother. After breakfast she has to get dressed for school, she doesn't really the boring uniform, but she adds accessories to make it look better. At school Olivia tells the class about her vacation. She begins by telling her class about her vacation. She begins by telling her classmates about her trip to the circus. S ...more
26 March, 2009

Olivia wallows in awesomeness. Mostly true. To the Best of my recollection.
Rachel Hancock
Feb 08, 2012 Rachel Hancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Falconer's "Olivia" tells the story of a little pig who tells her class about the time she went to the circus with her mom and little brother. She shares that when they got there, "all the circus people were out sick with ear infections" but that was alright because she "knew how to do everything." Olivia tells her class about all the different things she did while at the circus and describes herself as "Olivia the Tattooed Lady," "Olivia the Lion Tamer," "Olivia the Tight-rope Walker," "Oli ...more
Let me begin by saying that I am a big fan of Ian Falconer’s Olivia series. I think they are a well done, clever, and actually very humorous books. This particular book, just like the rest in its series, would make a fantastic read aloud book, especially for young elementary audiences. I think young students in particular will find the character of Olivia the pig very funny and entertaining. The fact that the main character is an animal is a great start. That aspect alone always seems to grab th ...more
Angela Marie
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer tells the story of when Olivia the pig goes to school and tells her class about her vacation to the circus. She greatly elaborates in her story and makes it seem as though she actually became the star of the whole circus and took over all of the jobs. My favorite job that she took over was the trained dogs, she says "they were not very trained." It is a good book to read aloud to students because it has wonderful pictures and tells a story that would rea ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Ruben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so interesting and exiting. Its about a little pig who wears red clothing because everything els is too boring so then she goes off to school. At school it is her turn to tell what she did in the summer. She says that her father took her to the circus, and how she saved it shes really a hero. she gets tattooed, then she tames a lion, does tricks and finally trains dogs. This book was very interesting to read, very exciting.
Aleksa Mervil
May 09, 2014 Aleksa Mervil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olivia is about to do a presentation in front of the class. She begins to tell her class about the trip she took to the circus with her mom and little brother. The story then goes on an exciting world of Olivia performing at the circus. This book allows young children to use their imagination. It's a great read for children of all ages. The illustrations and colors are very simplistic, but the story captures the readers mind.
Olivia Saves the Circus,by Ian Falconer, is a story about Olivia describing to her class her adventurous experience over the summer. Apparently, Olivia saved the circus. She talks about how she performed stunts on the trampoline and did other performances for the circus. While her teacher didn't believe her, Olivia had fun telling her story any way. This was a good book, and I would recommend it to all kids.
Nicole Prescott
Oct 03, 2011 Nicole Prescott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was uniquely illustrated and had a fun story line about the enthusiastic little pig named Olivia. At schol she had to tell the class about what she did on her vacation. She makes up a huge story about how she was in a circus and had to be the main event since all the other people in the circus were sick. She tells her teacher most of it was true, although he did not believe her. Then at home when it was time for bed, her mother had to remind her to go to sleep and not jump on the bed, ...more
Tommy Morales
Well this book was pretty weird. It was pretty interesting you can say, it had these unbelievable things that are very mind blowing. It really blew me away with all the suspense because I was dying to find out how she saved the circus. It was crazy how she did it she was everything that the circus was. it was funny because she's a pig that's soon enough going to be bacon....good bacon.
Brandon Menjivar
what I think about this book is that it simply talks about a pig named Olivia that saves a circus nothing special. It shows how the pig does lots of things to get the attention from the crowd and so on. It does all kinds of flips a human can do like backflips, front flips, splits, and more.
It shows how to make pancakes for the other people that work in the circus with him.
Chris Campos
Jun 24, 2014 Chris Campos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia, an interesting and pretty famous cartoon for kids these days. It a great book because it shows that she was being everything in a circus and how she saved it. There's a deeper meaning behind it all, it also shows that anyone can be anything if they wanted to because she did it in the book. also, anyone can save anything they want if they don't want it to go to waste.
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Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of all the titles in the bestselling Olivia series: Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus,Olivia...and the Missing Toy, and Olivia Forms a Band. His illustrations have also graced many covers of the New Yorker. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), among o ...more
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