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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!
Let me clarify- The original version of this book is adorable, but the board book leaves out two very crucial pages (crucial in that they are my son's favorite!). Read morePublished 18 days ago by Elizabeth C. Neely
My middle daughter loves the books in the Olivia series, and I like reading them to her.Published 1 month 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 7 months ago by Book Lover
My daughter loves Olivia. I enjoy reading this book specifically to her because I find it humorous myself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ChicagoMama
This a darling book, featuring Olivia with her family as she prepares for Christmas. It is perfect for all Olivia fans.Published 8 months ago by Tullia
Children checked it out at the library and it was read several times.Olivia always has interesting stories.Children love her character.Published 9 months ago by mary payton
This book is beautiful! I bouhgt for my nice! She is two years old and love it! I love the board format.Published 9 months ago by Georgiana Witherill
This is Olivia at her best! Oliva is just the right mix of naughty and well intentioned. I appreciate a female character in a book that isn't a passive princess type. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ElizabethHolden