A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the incubation period for goose eggs.
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
Characters are very simple but positive -- they're kind, patient, and gentle.
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.
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.
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