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Author: Meg Cadts

Illustrator: Samantha Fitch

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Publisher: United Healthcare Children's Fund, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Oliver the bear, Hope the butterfly, Millie the barn owl, and Charlotte the fox are having fun pretending to be superheroes. Uh oh! it looks like Chewie (the bulldog) is in trouble. Time for these superheroes to jump into action. This is a picture book series with messages about friendship, cooperation, and imagination.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the book okay but wasn't enthralled.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked how the story showed teamwork and imaginative play. I thought my daughter would like it more because she likes superheroes, but for some reason she didn't love it.

Pros: Families looking for stories with good models for friendship and teamwork will enjoy Oliver, Hope and their friends. This is a good story about pretend play which preschoolers can relate to.

Cons: None, really. It just wasn't a hit with my daughter.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I like the ways these animals work together and think most kids could benefit from reading about it.


Educational Themes: This is a story where children can see themselves in pretend play. Bring the story to life by grabbing some capes and heading out on your own adventures.

Notes: A portion of the proceeds from these books go to fund grants offered by UHCCF to help children gain access to medically-related services that are not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents' commercial health insurance plan.

The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub to be given to an at-risk reader. There was no expectation of a review.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, teamwork, adventure, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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