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Olga the Brolga

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A story to reach beyond the obvious. Olga, a slender bird, wants to dance, but nobody will join her. She decides to dance by herself, faster and faster - she kicks and flaps and flies through the air, and soon a crowd picks up the beat. Olga has her way - and dances all afternoon.
Board Book, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by HarperCollins Australia
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Christine Meunier
A rhyming story with nice images and a reminder to do what you love, even if others won't join you.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
A fantastic book that is both fun to read and a delight to look at! I loved it cover to cover. It has a great lesson and a fun style both in story and illustrations. It is one that kids will love to read and adults will love to read it to their children. A perfect book for home and school libraries!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is a newer Australian picture book, written and illustrated by Clement whose day-job is cartoonist for one of the big national newspapers. His illustration style is what really caught me eye, I'm really drawn to this style of artwork in picture books. It has a high level of fine detail, rich colours, is very vibrant and visually captivating, and the scenes are original - they're not obvious, or flat, angles or perspectives.

The story is told in a slight sing-song rhyme, nothing too formal and structured but
The illustrations are wondrous! Olga however whines until she gets her own way and then becomes malleable. It is not the best moral for young readers. But, it certainly is accurate and could be a useful tool to address poor behavior.
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Olga learns that whining and shouting don't help her get what she wants. She discovers that simply dancing and having fun will draw in others to dance too.
Author/Illustrator: Rod Clement
First Published: 2002

Bright Australian colours with a sweet narrative which appeals to the child as well as the mother in me - if you just stop nagging, everyone will be more receptive!

Not a lot to say - it's colourful, straightforward, humorous, and happy. A lovely portrayal of Australian fauna with simple rhyme, highlighting the legendary dancer.

Read aloud: 4+
Read yourself: 8+

(ISBN 9780207197581)
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The illustrations are so rich and beautiful, and the story of the young olga who is whinny and rude finally getting what she wants when she finally acts in a non whinny way is a story that resonates well in our family.
Jack Kirby and the X-man
This book has fantastic illustrations and the text is also very good.

I thought that it was pretty arrogant of the author to include a full page biography and photo before the title page...
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