Olivia: Ian Falconer


  • Author/Illustrator: Ian Falconer

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

  • Publication Year: 2000

  • Brief Summary: Olivia’s precocious personality is evident from her bright red outfit (against otherwise muted tones of the charcoal illustrations), her loud singing, and her talent for scaring her brother Ian and tiring her parents out.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Olivia is good at many things.  What are you good at doing?  Make a mini-book about your many talents.

    • Olivia Charades: Write out things Olivia does in the book on index cards.  Divide students into teams (optional) and have one child act out the word for his/her friends to guess.

    • Do you have a sibling?  Do you get along with him/her?  What are some ways you get along, or annoy, each other?  Make a mini-book about your sibling and share with your friends.  If you are an only child, what are some advantages/disadvantages of not having a sibling?  Write about what you imagine you would do with or feel about a sibling.

    • Olivia has a daily routine.  As a class, create a timeline of sorts showing what she does at what time during the day.  Do you have a routine at home or school?  Write it out/illustrate it.  For students who are learning how to read time on a clock, have empty clock faces going down a piece of paper with space to write/draw on the right.  Have them name the routine (e.g. have breakfast, get dressed for school, piano lessons), then draw the time they usually do it on the clock.

    • Field trip to art museum, ballet, etc.

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Text-to-self connections

    • Math connections – telling time; counting (e.g. Olivia’s different activities, number of people in her family, favorite outfits, etc.)

    • Social studies – family relationships; timelines

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: Olivia activities/printables on http://www.nickjr.com/games/olivia-games/all-themes/all-ages/index.jhtml

Accessed at: Personal Library


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