OLIVIA Trains Her Cat Paperback – Dec 8 2009
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About the Author
Sarah Albee is co-author of Lunch Box Library: Six Wild Adventures and author of the forthcoming Big Words for Little Scientists. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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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.
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. [...]
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.