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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: On her summer vacation, Olivia goes to the circus. Unfortunately all of the performers are ill, so Olivia steps in and plays all of the roles for everyone to enjoy. Olivia's imaginative interpretation of her day at the circus makes for fun reading.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.9
Age of Child: First read with child at 23 months.
Young Reader Reaction: Initially closed the book after page 2. During subsequent readings, would check out the page, but then wander away.
Adult Reader Reaction: Surprised by the reaction. The story is engaging, and not unlike other flights of fancy. Not sure why this didn't go over well.
Pros: The black/white/red illustrations and fold-out pages are a nice change. The short sentences and fanciful theme are short enough to keep a toddler's attention and also help beginning readers.
Cons: The museum-quality pages require adult supervision when reading.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it. We expected a popular book to be loved. It isn't at the moment.