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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Tale about patience is perfect for beginning readers.

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Educational Value

Shows the incubation period for goose eggs.

Positive Messages

Ollie espouses positive messages about friendship, curiosity, waiting, and the notion that every living thing has its own internal clock, which cannot be rushed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are very simple but positive -- they're kind, patient, and gentle.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ollie is an uplifting book for all ages about patience and the natural biological clock of living things. It's especially helpful for beginning readers, with its simple, repetitive sentence structure and easy pace.

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What's the story?

Ollie's an egg who isn't quite ready to hatch, but Gossie and Gertie are impatient. They have been waiting for weeks for Ollie to arrive, but instead he rolls around, hides, and refuses to come out. Can Gertie and Gossie help Ollie come out faster? Will poking and listening to Ollie help?

Is it any good?

Whether waiting for a new sibling to be born, a pet kitten, or a drink of juice, kids will relate to OLLIE, a delightful book about waiting, patience, and the fact that life can’t be rushed along. The key here in the Olivier Dunrea series about Gossie and Gertie and friends is the calm, gentle attitude these characters often express toward the many frustrations of being their age, which is synonymous with the frustrations of toddlerhood.

With simple, spare ink-and-watercolor illustrations and repetitive text, the story is an easy beginning reader that kids will find amusing and relatable, while parents can enjoy its Zen-like approach to everyday frustrations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about waiting. Do you like to wait? What do you do to pass the time when you have to wait?

  • Can you explain what made Ollie's egg hatch? What do you think makes an egg ready to open up?

  • What else could Gossie and Gertie do while waiting for Ollie to hatch?

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