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Author: J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

Illustrator: J. Otto Seibold

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Publisher: Chronicle Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Olive, a beagle-ish dog, pitches in to help with Christmas deliveries, and, a la Rudolph, only Olive can save Christmas in the end. This is a holiday book that reminds us that everyone has a special talent to offer.

Type of Reading: Family reading, Playtime reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read to kids age 3 and 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Older kids get the pun (Olive, the other reindeer--sing it to the Rudolph song) and younger ones think it's funny that a dog things she's a reindeer and tries to help out at the North Pole.

Adult Reader Reaction: It's a cute story, and your kids may have even seen the Christmas special with this book as its basis.

Pros: It is a short, well-written story about helping out in a pinch. Plus, as the whimsical cover notes, "Requires no batteries."

Cons: The 70's style artwork got to me after awhile; avocado, orange and brown don't seem like Christmas colors.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It's cute.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK: AN OPUS CHRISTMAS STORY   TINKER'S CHRISTMAS   SANDRA CLAUS; A Tiny Gift to Santa Brings a New Tradition to Christmas

Educational Themes: Whether you want to remind kids to dream beyond themselves, not to judge others' talents, or just have some fun laughing, you'll find some values in this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - Christmas, animal characters, picture book, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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