Saturday, December 6, 2014

Olive and the Embarrassing Gift

Cover image for Olive and the embarrassing gift
Olive and the Embarrassing Gift
by Tor Freeman
Templar Books, 2014. Picture Book

In this third adventure of Olive the cat, Joe gives Olive a hat that says "Best Friend."  Joe is Olive's best friend, but Olive thinks the hat looks silly.  The other animals think so, too, and they start to tease Olive.  Embarrassed, Olive tries to figure out a way to get out of wearing the hat without hurting Joe's feelings.  In the end she has to decide what is more important to her, keeping her friend, or pleasing the "other kids." Freeman tells her story with minimal text, but very child friendly and accessible cartoon illustrations. At this time of year when there is a lot of giving and receiving of gifts, this is a entertaining reminder for children to be aware of the feelings of others.

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