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Oliver's Must-Do List Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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I immediately fell in love with Oliver. What a personality! Oliver feels like a real kid, begging for attention and desperate to get more mommy time. Oliver is a sweet, imaginative and enterprising kid who young readers will want to emulate.
Kids will feel Oliver's pain, and parents will share in his mother's guilt. It seems there's always too much work and no time to play! After reading this book, my own children insisted that I do not play with them enough, so I challenged them to post their own must-do lists on the refrigerator. It was also an excellent opportunity to discuss chores, responsibilities...and things we can all do around the house to help mommy have more time to play. Plus, they came up with some really great family activities!
Teachers and parents will appreciate the 12-page teaching guide available at the author's website. It's full of great classroom and at-home activities that build on the book and feed young minds. Also at the author's site: information on how you can have Oliver visit your school or book store!
Oliver's Must-Do List is a wonderful reminder to take a break for fun time, snuggle time, wish-upon-a-star time. Be sure to clear a spot on the fridge for pint-sized must-do lists before reading this book!
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Oliver's Must Do List hits me hard as I realize the underlying message that the author is trying to put forth. Spending time doing fun stuff with the kids is an absolute priority.
Regardless of the chores around - there is always laundry to be done or mail to sort out. However those chores are always going to be there. They are not going away but my children have only a few years to be children. They will grow up and I don't want to miss out on their growing up years.
I want my kids to look back and think about the time they spent sleeping in an indoor makeshift tent or playing "dress up" with Mommy. They are not going to reminisce about the time spent doing homework or brushing their teeth before going to bed. Today I am as delighted as my cherubs that I made colored soda with Sprite and watercolors for the dolls tea party ,played tag around the coffee table, ate ice cream with pickles and potato chips. The list can go on
Oliver... is a great read for all parents along with their children - I actually feel it is an aide to planning pleasurable moments in your child's day. I would re-read this book as a constant reminder to not get caught up in my household tasks and errands that have to be run but plan some humorous and entertaining moments with the kids.
Thanks Susan Taylor Brown for providing you the insight that we all seem to miss in balancing career & home. We seem to miss out on the amusing side of life. I think I am now going to treat myself to some tomfoolery however impractical that may sound.
Go ahead you all - indulge in some comical instances today. The monkey business can keep you sane. :-)
The illustrations in this book are remarkably detailed, with lots of hidden rewards to repay the careful viewer. My favorite such gift is a drawing of Oliver's patched pajamas, straining across his broad rear, with a stitched opening for his little tail. Oliver's dog is also priceless, expressive and mischievous, though never actually mentioned in the text. I also liked the detail that one day Oliver smells the clean in his favorite shirt, fresh out of the dryer, and the next day we see him wearing the shirt. Of course. It's his favorite, after all. It's all very careful attention to detail, with exuberant colors.
But what really makes Oliver's Must Do List shine is the story itself. Who hasn't noticed how difficult it is to play pirates or race-cars alone? And yet, what parent hasn't sometimes been too busy to play with an impatient child? Ultimately, Oliver's mother shows him just how much she loves him, through the time that they spend together. Oliver's Must-Do List is probably best suited to four to six year olds, who will appreciate the richly detailed pictures. I highly recommend this book.
This book review was originally published on my blog, Jen Robinson's Book Page, on May 14th.
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What I like about this book is that it lends itself to the reality of the mom being busy, and the child needing attention.
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