Olivia Helps with Christmas (Olivia)

by Ian Falconer (Author) Ian Falconer (Illustrator)

Olivia Helps with Christmas (Olivia)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Olivia
Everyone's favorite Caldecott honor-winning pig and #1 Santa enthusiast is helping to make the season brighter than ever.

Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? A lovingly-told and lavishly-illustrated Olivia Helps With Christmas is the perfect stuffing for any stocking, and a bright star atop the Olivia series.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2.  Children who are familiar with this irrepressible pig will know what kind of help Olivia is likely to provide as her family prepares for the holiday. Her antics seem a little forced in this selection, but the dazzling illustrations, highlighted with green as well as Olivias signature red, are as charming as ever; and the endinga snowy Christmasis quite satisfying. This is a good bet for family sharing. - Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles

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Publishers Weekly

More a succession of family anecdotes-in-the-making than a plot-driven story, the holiday installment of a much-loved series finds the adroitly accessorized piglet and her family decking the halls of a house in the country on Christmas Eve. Olivia, charged with a very special job (Mom-speak for interrupting the Santa watch Olivia and her younger brothers mount by the rain-streaked picture window), proudly shows off the table she has set by herself, topped with a decorated miniature tree: Why, that's beautiful, darling. Where did you ever find that perfect little] her mother beams; open the gatefold to see the rest of the room, where a saw and a stool stand next to the family's (decapitated) ]tree? as the mother falteringly completes the question. Readers will claim other episodes as their own favorites; as usual, Falconer knows how to play pictures and text off each other to maximum comic impact. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2007
Age Range
4 - 8 years

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