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Olivia Counts Board book – June 1, 2002

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Learning to count to 10 is no chore when accompanied by Olivia, piglet superstar of Ian Falconer's Caldecott Honor Book, Olivia, and Olivia Saves the Circus. Preschoolers will giggle to see reminders of Olivia's mischief in this simple counting book: "one ball, two bows, three pots of paint"... on up to "ten Olivias," pictured in various familiar poses: trying on pantyhose, standing on her head, earnestly jumping rope, sunbathing, etc. Each sturdy page of this small, square board book provides a backdrop of white on which our black and white porcine heroine struts, with occasional red accessories. Early learners will also enjoy Olivia's Opposites. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Children's NOTES Learn with Olivia What better way for toddlers to learn the basics than with two board books starring Ian Falconer's Olivia? Youngsters start with one ball at the beach (in the signature red-and-white stripes) and finish with ten Olivias jumping rope, doing handstands and sprawling on a beach towel in Olivia Counts. A red numeral accompanies each scene. In Olivia's Opposites she demonstrates word pairs with comic flair (for instance, she models a scarlet evening gown for long and a red tutu for short). Both feature b&w and red illustrations from Falconer's Caldecott Honor book, Olivia, and its companion, Olivia Saves the Circus. (June)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Olivia
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689850875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689854477
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of all the titles in the bestselling Olivia series: Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus,Olivia...and the Missing Toy, and Olivia Forms a Band. His illustrations have also graced many covers of the New Yorker. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), among others. Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Pawlak on June 4, 2002
Format: Board book
I bought this book for my almost three year old daughter because she loves the two Olivia storybooks so much. The pictures in this book are for the most part taken exactly from the previous story book Olivia. The only two original pictures are Olivia's four aunts and eight cousins. Unfortunately my daughter does not have aunts or cousins so she is not really familiar with these terms. The other numbers are more easily recognizable items such as five books and six teeth. I love Olivia, I really do, and I wanted to love this book. The way Ian Falconer interjects culture such as art, ballet, and opera into his full length story of a pig and her family is really great. I just get the feeling from this book that Mr. Falconer wanted to make some more money from his Olivia franchise without really having to create anything new. One thing I have to say for the Olivia counting book is it's really sturdy. This book would stand up to to the roughest toddler. If you have an older child who is somewhat more gentle check out Chuck Murphy's One to Ten for an interactive and eye popping counting book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 1, 2005
Format: Board book
It appears from comments here that author/illustrator Ian Falconer re-used some images from previous board books. While these may "only" be board books, this is not common practice, and, if true, does not seem fair to either parent or child. While small toddlers may or may not remember prior use of pictures, older ones may, and beginning readers are even more like to recognize them. Moreover, board books are often bought as a set; a giver will not be happy to learn that a set of Falconer books includes repeated images.

That report (from other reviewers) aside, Falconer's book features the black and white shaded piglet, Olivia. With her softly shaded contours, and crooked smile, Olivia strikes a winning pose in front of one to ten objects in this counting book. She proudly displays two red bows, hides in a paper bag mask with six sharp teeth, and shows us her four aunts (all looking like older Olivia's), seven accessories (e.g., a cap. A bow tie), eight cousins, and finally 10 portraits of herself-skipping rope, wearing flippers, listening to headphones, and standing on her head. Numbers corresponding to the objects are written in a crayon style on each page.

Of the four counting books I read recently, this rates near the bottom. Objects and Olivia herself are static looking, and some of the objects are fairly small (e.g., a stack of five books held horizontally) , and the enumeration is sometimes confusing (objects appear on both one- and two-page spreads). There's no story or theme that ties them together, other than the somehow appealing Olivia. One other positive is the sturdy book construction, I imagine that's the reason for the proliferation of Olivia books, but I recommend instead Sandra Boynton's funny and very clever counting book "Hippos Go Berserk," which is available from Amazon.com. Recommended only for fans of Olivia.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monja on May 4, 2013
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We were very much looking forward to add this to our Olivia library - but are quite disappointed.
This book offers poor choices for counting and A LOT of the drawings are taken from other Olivia books. Besides a great cover, there is hardly new content in here (only the 4 aunts and 8 cousins). The re-use of images feels random and it misses all the wit other Olivia books have.

Here are the things to count:

1 - Ball (image taken from "Olivia" - when Olivia is on the Beach.)
2 - Bows
3 - Cans of paint (showing the cans from "Olivia" - when Olivia paints the wall.)
4 - Aunts
5 - Books (image from "Olivia" - when Olivia wants to read 5 books for bedtime.)
6 - Teeth (image from "Olivia" - when Olivia scares Ian away, wearing a paper bag with a scary face)
7 - Accessories ???!! (to me a shirt is really a piece of clothing and not an accessory..)it feels like "7 random items"
8 - cousins
9 - toys (there are multiple balls in here, plus a baseball and bat.. which counts as two items.. )
10 - Olivia's (also images from "Olivia")

We love Olivia but this book really disappoints and it seems like the publisher is just "milking the cash-cow".

I would skip this book. Unless you like to hear your toddler try to read out the word "accessories".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2002
Format: Board book
For those of you to expect the board books to be totally original. Come on... These are great introduction books to the Olivia series for baby and Toddlers who can not handle the other books. I highly recommend both of the board books for baby and Toddlers. The red, white and black coloring is perfect. The concepts are great for toddlers learning language. If your child is older they may not appreciate the board books and find the other 2 books more stimulating.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 15, 2002
Format: Board book
Olivia's back with her very own little counting board book, and those who love Ian Falconer's irrepressible piglet will be happy to count along with her from one to ten. This is a very straightforward counting book. There's no real text, entertaining rhymes, or engaging descriptions. Just the simple format of 1 one ball, 2 two bows, 3 three pots of paint and so on. The joy of the book are Mr Falconer's expressive Olivia illustrations, rendered in black and white with his signature splashes of red for highlighting. This is enough for toddlers just learning to count and recognize their numbers, but preschoolers over three will be bored.
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