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Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
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Feb 17, 2010

it was ok
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I found this story about a young pig and her family to be incredibly random and lacking a connection from the beginning to the end. The beginning of the story finds the main character, Olivia, riding a camel in Egypt. On the very next page, Olivia is asking her mother to make her a new soccer uniform. Without making any connection between these two events, the story moves on to discuss Olivia’s lost toy, a storm, finding the toy, and her father’s offer to buy her the very best toy in the world. Olivia did a lot of yelling (which seemed to be reflected by the size of the font). She also was given everything she asked for and failed to convey her thankfulness for what she had received. I was confused by the message that was being sent by this story. It seemed to be very random and confusing. I wonder if young readers would struggle to understand the point of this story. Or is it possible that children might enjoy this book for the randomness and lack of deeper meaning that is found this short, unusual story?
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Haust The camel scene was a dream.


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