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OLIVIA Trains Her Cat Paperback – Dec 8 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (Dec 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416982965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416982968
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 41 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Olivia Trains Her Cat June 22 2014
By The Mystical World of Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
My 6 year old son recently borrowed this book from our local library.

Francine is bragging about how good her cat is at tricks. Olivia responds that her cat is better, and it goes into a who's cat can do better tricks. The teacher overhears the commotion between the girls and decides to have the class bring in their animals for show and tell the next day. Olivia tries to teach her cat, Edwin, all kinds of cool tricks before the big day. Each child shows off their pet. When it is Olivia and Edwin's turn. he shows off the tricks he knows best, sleeping and snoring. Francine's cat Gwendolyn wins first place for all her wonderful tricks. On the way home, Olivia can't find Edwin. Her and Julian end up finding him at Francine's house doing ticks for Gwendolyn.

This book is follows the television episode. My son needed some help reading this book. I think replacing some of the words with small picture icons made it a little harder to read, it interrupted the flow of the story. Has nice illustrations that also go along with the television episode.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Story is cute but the book level was marked improperly July 23 2013
By Heart of a Philanthropist - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
From a parents point of view, I liked this book. The story line was cute. For those who like Olivia's antics, you will enjoy the show-and-tell part of the story. There is nothing questionable about the book that would keep me from allowing my children to read it.

From an educator's perspective, this book was a bit frustrating. It is suppose to be an easy reader level one book, but there are words in it that are hard to read for a beginner. Consonant blends like sh are tricky for beginning readers. There are also trick words such as ballet and walk. The problem is that this could frustrate a beginning reader. As an educator, we want to encourage reading, and frustration does not do that.

[...] I send all books I receive for review to an orphanage in the Philippines or Endeavor Library when I am finished with them. [...]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hated the I Can Read format (Love Olivia!) Feb. 4 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The I Can Read format is clearly meant for teaching children to read, but it would seem to destroy the pleasure of reading for anyone who can already read short words. Completely disrupts the flow of the story to have to look at the symbols for Cat, Olivia, Francine, etc instead of just reading the words.

I'll admit, though, I don't even have kids - I just like Olivia!! So this might actually work well to teach children to read. But if you can already read, the format is irritating and distracts too much from the story.
Wrong picture for edition that is being sold. Oct. 21 2015
By CraftyMom - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The picture for the listing of this book is misleading. It is not the edition that they are selling. Read the description of the listing careful. I bought this book as a school replacement for one that had been damaged. This version has the rebus icons! The version in the picture does not and is what I needed. See photos I've uploaded for the edition you are actually buying with this listing.
Great for Teaching to Read April 30 2012
By KDouglas - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a media specialist and this book is never on the shelves. Students are lined up for it. It is wonderful for 1st grade students because it allows them to read by themselves. Olivia is a favorite of all students and Sarah Albee did a wonderful job adapting it to the I can read format. This is a must by for kindergarten and first grade students.