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Friday 27 August 2010

Review: My Sister Olive

Title: My Sister Olive

Author: Paula Russell

Illustrator: Gaye Chapman

Publisher: Little Hare, $24.95 RRP

Publication Date: September 2010

Format: Hard cover

ISBN: 9781921272882

For ages: 3+

Type: Picture book

About: Big sisters are wonderful. But sometimes it’s difficult to live up to their standards.

The little girl in this story has a big sister, Olive. Olive is not just good at everything, she is the best in the world at things like skipping rope, tying her shoelaces, doing cartwheels and all the other things little girls love to do.

The younger sister isn’t jealous. She looks up to her sister. She wants to be just like her.

Eventually, her big sister Olive helps her realise that she is perfect the way she is – and there is something that she is the best in the world at doing.

Written in beautifully repetitive language (“my Olive is the best in the world at…”), this is a tale of finding your own identity from beneath the shadow of talented siblings.

Illustrated in pretty, feminine colours, with pinks, purples and flowers all over the pages, it is a story especially designed for sisters (no brothers allowed!).

This is a story that all little sisters will love.

This book is available online