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How Oliver Olson Changed the World Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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“Kids . . . will appreciate this warm and humorous story about one family's struggle for balance.” ―BookPage
“Personable and friendly, with touches of rueful humor.” ―STARRED, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Mills has a knack for creating characters who demand compassion due to a pitch-perfect sense of humor and pathos.” ―School Library Journal
“An engaging and though-provoking chapter book.” ―Booklist
“Mills's previous beginning chapter books have been stellar, and this one is no exception.” ―The Horn Book
“Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Claudia is also a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in ethics and political philosophy, who has published many articles on philosophical and ethical themes in children's literature, including essays on the work of Maud Hart Lovelace, Eleanor Estes, Betty MacDonald, Louisa May Alcott, and Rosamond du Jardin.
All of Claudia's books have been written between 5 and 7 in the morning, while drinking Swiss Miss hot chocolate at her cozy home near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She likes to write for an hour every day, watching little bits of daily writing grow into big piles of published books to share with children everywhere.
Top Customer Reviews
How Oliver Olson Changed the World is a delightful, funny early chapter book that will capture early readers' attention right away. It features Oliver, a timid, overprotected third grader who manages to finally come into his own with the space diorama project. But in the beginning of the book, things are not looking so rosy for Oliver.
Early on we learn that his parents have managed to keep him in a protective cocoon for much of his life, due to starting out as a sickly child. Sleepovers-no! Riding bikes outside of the cul de sac-no! Doing homework on his own-no! With a diorama of the solar system on the horizon, we watch as Oliver's parents start organizing and planning the entire project. It's a pretty hilarious scene which may ring ever-so-true to many children and parents alike. Luckily for Oliver, he gets his first break when Crystal Harding (the most talkative girl in the school) decides that they should do the diorama together, and Oliver's parents are gently shoved aside.
What follows is a delightful story that includes fun facts about the solar system (it addresses Pluto's recent ouster from the planet kingdom in a thought-provoking way), as well as a very realistic depiction of third graders at work and play. Although Oliver and Crystal are the main characters, the other kids in the class are deftly drawn, so you get a sense of them as individuals.
In addition to the diorama, the class is also given an assignment to come up with an idea that would change the world.Read more ›
What Oliver Olson has, kids worldwide would kill for. His parents do his homework for him. You wanna know something though? Come in close here. The fact of the matter? Oliver hates it. He really does. Ever since he was a sickly baby his mom and dad have been Mr. and Mrs. Overprotective. He can't tell them about his planetary diorama without them wanting to make it for him (while refusing to let him leave while they do it).Read more ›
In conclusion I gave it five stars because at first I thought it would be bad but it was good. The reason is that kids idea madder and may be a law oh and before I forget on his model he forgets something read the book and you well find out .
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First, i would love to tell you why you will love this book.
It has real facts about space. Another thing is it's just a
great old book and the best grown-up wrote it,... Read more
Excellent narration, good story, interesting and realistic characters, want to read this book many times - How Oliver Olson changed the worldPublished 15 months ago by umamaheswaram vs pullela
I used this book as a mentor text and found it was very helpful. I would recommend this book .Published on August 20, 2013 by Terry Mc Neal
I selected this book because I am a "little" over protective of my kids...I thought it would be a fun book to read at bedtime and I was right. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Got this book for my nephew who is in third grade. The reading level should be par for that age group.Published on December 7, 2011 by Alicia Meyer
This was on our Battle of the Books list and my daughter loved it. Funny and Fast to read.Published on July 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer