Saturday, December 11, 2010

Adaptations of Ian Falconer's Olivia

Olivia Takes a Trip adapted by Ellie O’ryan
Product Description from Amazon
Summertime often means...vacation! Olivia hits the road with her family in this fun story based on an episode. Great travel theme.

Olivia and the Snow Day adapted by Farah McDoogle

Product Description from Amazon
It's a snow day and Olivia couldn't be more excited!  She's ready to have snowball fights, build a fort and best of all, interview the Abominable Snowman!

I’m a big fan of Olivia by Ian Falconer. I have to admit that I was disappointed when they turned her into a Saturday morning cartoon.  That almost always means there will be books based on the TV show.  They are never as good as the original.

That’s true in this case.  The illustrations can’t come close to Falconer’s original work, but they are still attractive illustrations. Children who like the original Olivia will recognize her in these illustrations.  And fans of the TV show will certainly enjoy the books.

As an adult, I find that the assisted reading device included in the text, to be a distraction.  I’ve never taught reading to beginning readers, so I wasn’t sure if this was actually helpful.  The kindergarten teachers at my school assure me that it is.  That makes them a good choice for beginning readers and a great addition to a classroom/school library.

This is not a very good photo, but it gives you an idea of what they use to assist beginning readers.

Recommended for Kindergarten to 2nd grade.

Mrs. Archer’s rating 4 of 5 (If they had used Falconer’s illustrations, I might have given them a 5.) 

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