I just love children's book that promote positive learning for children. Learning is more than just listening, it's talking too. That's why this book is fantastic- it gives the story of sweet Olive Ewe (who makes mistakes!) and then gives several pages of pictures and prompts so adults can talk with children about feelings, mistakes, forgiving and love. This is so needed in a world of electronics and distraction. Adults and children need ways to express, feel and talk together about important things.
"If you're like Olive, you've had some thumps and bumps and lumps along your way. Some thumps can be fixed fast. Some bumps take longer. And some lumps can't be fixed at all. But we can always do our best to make it better. You can follow Olive's example and fix yours, too."
Not only is the story fun, the pictures are fun too. They express emotion and engage interest. It's a very sweet book and I just love it.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Olive is for everyone. As an adult reading it brought back so clearly what it felt like to be a kid, and like Olive, I would make mistakes and get in a little trouble. I could also so easily relate to the adults in Olive's life who get frustrated by the messes she creates. Reading about Olive was a good reminder of the commonalities in human experience and the importance of responding to our own and other's emotions with love and understanding.
And this book does all of that important stuff while being cute, witty, and so entertaining. The illustrations are colorful and full of the fun and innocence of childhood.
My 8 year old and 5 year old LOVED this book. They have asked to read it everyday since we got it. Not only was it fun to read the story together, but the "Stop and Think" pages at the end gave us great opportunity to communicate, learn, and connect. Since reading the book together when one of us experiences some "thumps or lumps or bumps" I have been able to say, "Remember what we read about Olive? How did she feel after such-and-such happened?" Or "How did Olive fix the mistake she made?" Or "How did her family feel?" It has given us a non-threatening, child-friendly, and loving vocabulary to talk about the mistakes and problems that come up in our family life.
Olive Ewe's story is worth owning and reading over and over, but those Stop and Think pages really make it an incredible educational tool. This is an ideal book for character lessons at school and the lesson plan and questions are already there for you at the end of the book. Olive would also make a great prompt for writing personal narratives, and for studying emotions and problem-solving.
If you have kids, work with kids, know any kids, or if you were once a kid, do yourself a favor and read Olive.
“Olive” written by Michelle E. Wilson, Illustrated by Angie Penrose
“Olive” has a great message, great illustrations, and great lessons! Love this book! Kids will love reading this rhyming story again and again! 5 stars!-Green Gables Book Reviews
Wilson and Penrose have created “Olive” and poor “Olive” is having a rough day. Olive is a happy lamb, but things keep going wrong! She spilled her cereal, over glued her art project, fell in a mud puddle and more. She is feeling blue. But, Olive knows her family loves her, no matter what.
A great book to talk about feelings and what to do if you make a mistake, with a great “Stop and Think” guide included at the back. A fun book to read with your young child to learn about feelings.