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Oliver Finds His Way Hardcover – August 26, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Root (What Baby Wants) uses a minimum of text and Denise (The Fool of the World) alternates close-up portraits with panoramic view to bring a fresh poignancy to the familiar theme of a child so caught up in play that he suddenly finds himself lost and alone. On a gorgeous autumn day, while Mama and Papa tend to chores, Oliver the bear cub follows the airborne path of a big yellow leaf. In nearly cinematic views framed in a clean white border, the artist shows the cub getting farther from home. Before he knows it, Oliver is at the edge of the woods. With economic, staccato-rhythm prose ("Oliver looks for the leaf./ No leaf./ Oliver looks for the house./ No house"), Root evokes the flashes of realization that constitute a child's thought process. Denise's gold-toned charcoal and pastel pictures never distort the landscape into something frightening. The woods where Oliver finds himself may be shadowy, but glimpses of comforting blue sky show through the trees, and a squirrel and bunny who watch Oliver are far from threatening. Denise gets terrific emotional mileage from the interplay of Oliver's tiny eyes, huge head and clown-like snout; readers will have no trouble empathizing with his plight. And when Oliver figures out that he can find his way back through call-and-response roars with his parents, youngsters will cheer his noisy ingenuity, too. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Descriptive yet succinct language tells the story of a small bear who gets lost while chasing an autumn leaf. First he bursts into tears, but when he realizes that crying doesn't help, he devises a plan to get him back home to Mama and Papa and "tumble-down hugs." Denise effectively uses a red, orange, gold, and yellow palette of pastels and charcoal on paper to illustrate the seasonal story. Children see lots of white space until Oliver becomes lost. Then, the full-spread illustrations take on a darker palette to bring home the scariness of the situation. The happy ending is totally satisfying and will leave readers smiling.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763613835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763613839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I've never written a review before, but I had to contribute here. The illustrations are cozy and charming (Oliver runs just like a toddler!), and Oliver shows commendable initiative (teaching little ones to think things over and come up with solutions). It's also a good participatory book: When Oliver "roars" his way back to his parents, our 2-year-old learned to do the roars. This has become our family's favorite book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely amazing. The story is a timeless one, told sparingly and with a child's viewpoint in mind. The illustrations are some of the best I've ever seen, filled with emotion that leaps off the pages.
As for J.H., who found the book dangerous: I think your sort of thinking is dangerous. Deciding a book is less worthy because it discusses a real life problem makes no sense, and is the sort of thinking that leads to censorship. Children get lost. Not reading a book about it will not keep it from happening. Use this book as a way to discuss the topic, instead.
And by the way, try keeping your kid in a cart next time.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful little book that I have found very, very useful in teaching children safety. Oliver, a small bear, wonders away from his family's home and becomes lost in the woods. This is something that most kids do. I remember that well over sixty years ago I had adventures quite like that of our foolish little bear in this story. I use this work to teach children what to do and what not to do when lost. How it is not a good idea to wonder off without telling Mom or dad, and what to do when actually list. Oliver did some things right and somethings wrong. It is an excellent work which children seem to understand and relate to. As to the illustrations. The price of this book is well worth ever dime you spend just for the wonderful art work found in this work. It is truely impressive! All in all I highly recommend this one.
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Format: Paperback
I agree wholeheartedly with the 2 star reviewer who stated that this is an unsafe message for small children. Oliver runs off from his parents and instead of staying in one place until his parents find him, he runs around and gets more lost until he realizes that if he roars his parents will hear him. But the parents don't ever come to look for him, they stay put and don't try to find him and instead of coming to him when they hear him roaring, they roar back until he follows their voices back to them.

So many things wrong with that. No half-way decent parent would hang out in their backyard and just hope the kid comes back. And if they heard the kid screaming at the top of their lungs, they would run to child in case the child is not simply screaming because they are lost, but perhaps because something bad is happening. How did Oliver's parents know that he wasn't being eaten alive by a wolf or been shot to death by a hunter? And also, kids should not wander off from their parents, but if they do they shouldn't get themselves more lost by having to look for their parents. Yelling so its easier for the parents to find them is probably a good idea, but the parents should look for the child, instead of the child having to look for the parents.

This book is probably fine for an older child who knows better than to run off, and also what to do if he or she gets lost by some accident. As for a toddler who may take this story in literal sense, its probably not so good. Also, while the artwork is quite lovely, contrasting colors hold a child's attention much better and many of the colors used are dark or muted and the pictures alone are not enough to entertain a small child.
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░░░░░A CUTE BOOK░░░░░

This is a cute book. It's about a small bear who gets lost in the woods and learns to shout loudly to help his parents find him. (Or roar loudly as the case may be)

It's a very simple story. The bear gets lost because he's not paying attention to his family and gets distracted by a blowing leaf. He gets scared. He screams. He gets found.

There is value in the story as you can use it to teach kids to pay attention to their surroundings and not wander off from their parents.

The illustrations are very well done. They are in soft muted earth tones.

It's a very calm book, making it great for bed time. To an adult it doesn't seem like a very interesting or exciting story. But to a 2 year old it's a huge adventure. So you have to think of it from that perspective.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We picked this book up at the library and now we just have to own it! It is a wonderful story about a sweet little bear who while following a leaf gets lost and has to find his way home. The illustrations by Christopher Denise are so precious and my 7 1/2 year old son just loves this book because of them! We have read this book together over and over and over again. He really loves the illustrations and the story. Anything that is so gentle and that can capture the heart of a 7 1/2 year old boy has got to be magic! You can tell that Phyllis Root and Christopher Denise enjoyed putting this wonderful book together! I can't recommend this book enough! This is something that my son and I will spend many times together reading and I will hold onto this book for him so that someday when he has a son we can read it together!
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