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And with good reason.
This was to be a different type of Christmas book. A book about how a family celebrates Christmas, and how a lot of family holiday traditions really revolve around preparations. In fact, the reason the book has such a personal feel to it is because many of the traditions that Olivia and her family celebrate were taken straight from Ian's childhood memories: Being asked to set the Christmas table was a big honor for Ian (as it is for Olivia in the book). The caroling by the piano, the "Santa watch," the order in which things were done (tree up Christmas Eve, dinner, caroling, hanging stockings), even the phrase "warming your trotters by the fire"--all of it has roots in the Falconer home. And since Ian never did catch a glimpse of Santa at Christmas, neither could Olivia. It's for the best, really. Olivia likes to be the true star of her books--Santa would have met his match.
For your viewing pleasure: A bonus illustration of Olivia not available in Olivia Helps with Christmas!
I like Olivia, but this book isn't one that I want to read year after year. And my kids don't want me to.
Olivia is a charming little pig with a vivid imagination. Read more
This is one of the nicer board books I have seen. The illustrations are cute and my 2year old daughter loves it.Published 5 days ago by Camilla Skye
I purchased this book to help introduce my child into the spirit of Christmas. My 2.5 year old son simply lights up whenever I take out one of his Olivia books, so I knew I... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Madeleine
This was our first Olivia book, and I wasn't impressed. There wasn't much of a storyline and my 3 year old didn't seem very interested. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kelly M Brown
In the book Olivia;Ian and William all want to make a perfect Christmas together.
Did I tell you that some presents were unexpected?
Well some were. Read more
My middle daughter loves the books in the Olivia series, and I like reading them to her.Published 3 months ago by Jason Sibre
my daughter loves this book. we have purchased this book in bulk for christmas gifts. Love the funny stories of miss olivia. Probably my favorite one to read to my little girl.Published 9 months ago by Book Lover