Olivia Books, Our New Favorites

image courtesy of Amazon.comNot only do we love the Olivia books by Ian Falconer, but one of them is perfect for Five in a Row. We just discovered Olivia Goes To Venice. I wish we would’ve had this book when we rowed Papa Piccolo. But discovering Olivia Goes to Venice has inspired us to Revisit Papa Piccolo this week.

Even if you don’t use F.I.A.R., this book is a wonderful way to learn about Venice. It uses real color photos of famous landmarks, such as the Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, and the Bridge of Sighs, with the characters of Olivia, her family, and other tourist pigs seeing the sights of Venice.

The first book, Olivia, won the  Caldecott Honor.  Falconer has written nine other Olivia books since.  Venice is the latest one.  The books are based on the author/illustrator’s niece and nephews, Olivia, Ian and William.

What’s the appeal of Olivia? Well, she’s confident.  She’s cultured. She’s fashionable. She’s precocious.  She’s energetic.  She has high aspirations. Who wouldn’t love a pig like that?

There are lots of other Olivia books by various authors, based on the television series, but the original ones by Falconer are  classic.  Falconer uses black and white drawings with red to accent, mostly for Olivia’s various fashion statements.  He also draws a pig that actually looks like a pig would look if it walked around on it’s hind legs and wore clothing. I’m a realist, I like pigs to actually look like pigs. Just another one of my quirks, I suppose.

In this YouTube video, Falconer talks about what inspired him to write Olivia in Venice.

And for all you classical homeschoolers out there, you may want to know that there is Olivia, The Essential Latin Edition.

We can’t wait to add more Olivia books to our home library.

All Olivia images are courtesy of Amazon.com.  

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3 Responses to Olivia Books, Our New Favorites

  1. Lori says:

    I LOVE the Olivia books. The Christmas one is particularly fantastic. Thanks for spreading the news about the Venice one. I can’t wait to buy it. I think I like it more than my kids. 😉

  2. Theresa says:

    I LOVE Olivia! My girls are 9 and 11 and they still LOVE Olivia! I am a Children’s Librarian and I often read Olivia books. I must say, though, I prefer the ones by Ian Falconer over the ones based on the TV series.

    This is our first year homeschooling, and when I read posts like this, about Five in a Row and other things to do with younger kids, I completely wish I had homeschooled from the beginning!!

  3. What a great post!! I think this post would appeal to so many people, however they school, would you consider posting it to our Playdate this week?

    Come & Play :: Playdate!

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