Olive and the Embarrassing Gift

Olive and the Embarrassing Gift

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When the other animals laugh at Olive for wearing the hat she received as a gift from Joe, she is not sure what to do about it.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780763674069
Branch Call Number: E FREEMAN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm


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Dec 20, 2014

Joe and Olive are friends. Joe gives Olive a matching hat for Christmas. It says "Best Friends" on it. But everywhere she goes, others laugh at the hat Olive is wearing. She becomes embarrassed and desperate and tries to get rid of the gift. But Joe sees her throwing the hat away and begins to cry. Olive realizes she was not being a very good friend. She takes the hat out of the trash, puts it on and then goes to make a sign to wear that says, "Olive and Joe are best friends." The others still laughed, but Olive didn't care. She had her best friend back.

The illustrations in this book are simple, but colorful. The story line is fairly simple as well. I love the message, that the friend is more important than the gift. I love when Olive wears her hat proudly. Being a good friend means sometimes doing what your friend wants rather than what you want.

This book is advertized for grades preschool-3. Some preschoolers and kindergarteners will not understand the deeper emotions of the story. But grades 1-3 definitely.


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Dec 20, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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