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Oliver Finds His Way Hardcover – August 26, 2002


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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: 10.1 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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He really loves the illustrations and the story.
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Both enjoy(ed) this book very much and wante(ed) to read it all the time.
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Use this book as a way to discuss the topic, instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on April 2, 2009
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 2, 2006
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grace Everett on October 21, 2005
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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Everyone gets lost sometime and little Oliver is no exception. Open the pages to find out how he finds his voice and his way back home.
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My son, whose name is Oliver, love this book. Even if his name was not Oliver, it would be a special book, because of its sweet story and wonderful illustrations.
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By momofthree on September 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a Christmas present a couple years ago for my boys. I LOVE the art, and I liked the message it sent about what to do when you are lost. Stop, think, yell (roar in this case), then wait to hear someone calling back. My boys love the story because of the roaring part. Highly recommend!
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A delightful journey into a small bear's quest for courage. Oliver discovers that thinking overcomes crying and a loud roar helps him find his way home to tumble-down hugs.
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My grandsons loved this book. One is now thirteen, the other is two. Both enjoy(ed) this book very much and wante(ed) to read it all the time.
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