Jan 20, 10
Read in January, 2010
Summary: Olivia is children’s picture book that received a 2001 Caldecott honor. It is a book about a young female pig that acts as any young child would. She keeps herself busy with all the good things she can do such as singing, painting, and most of all wearing others along with herself out on a daily basis. Throughout the book, the reader experiences her journeys being in a family, at the beach, at a museum, and so much more. It is easy for the reader to adore Olivia’s charming and humorous personality, which allows one to think back to his or her own childhood. Almost anyone including adults could fall in love with this sophisticated picture book as its text refers to great works of art, ballet, and architecture.
Written and Illustrated by Ian Falconer.
Genre: picture book
Literary Elements: allusions
Illustrations: Falconer’s use of a three-color scheme of black, white, and red is unlike any other picture book. The many illustrations imitate high-end art and culture found throughout the world. The book is piece of artwork in itself.
Use: This particular book can be used in a variety of setting in the classroom including independent reading, guided reading, and reading out loud. I would most likely introduce subjects such as art, music, and the importance of imagination while reading such a story.
Falconer, Ian. Olivia. New York: Atheneum Books. 2000 Print.