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Monday 31 May 2010

Review: Pen Pals Forever - Olden Days

Title: Pen Pals Forever: Olden Days

Author: Lenny Pelling

Illustrator: Lenny Pelling

Publisher: Random House, $9.95 RRP

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781864719024

For ages: 5+

Type: Novel

About: Olden Days is the third instalment in the Pen Pals Forever series, following on from Summer Days and School Days.

In Olden Days, Polly and Jez have run out of things to say about their own lives, but before long they think of more interesting ideas: tales of long ago.

Both the girls write letters in this book, sharing the things they have learnt about their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, and then imagining how life would have been back in the olden days.

This time, Pen Pals Forever shows early reading children the importance of cherishing the memories of previous generations; those who are still with us and lost loved ones. And the activities at the back of the book include learning the art of scrapbooking to create lifelong memories.

In Olden Days, Pelling has brought even more life to the characters we have come to know in the previous two books in the series. Polly and Jez’s smiling faces are familiars, making readers feel as though they too are their best friends, as they join in their funny and sometimes cheeky adventures.

This book is available online

Author website

See our reviews of books 1 and 2 in the Pen Pals Forever series, Summer Days and School Days