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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.