Everybody I know loves Olivia. She has a lot of spunk! Ian Falconer introduced her to us fifteen years ago and she was an instant hit. She was a Caldecott Honor and was the Gold Award winner of the Parent’s Choice Awards. More than a dozen books later, it appears that Olivia has made a home in our hearts.
In this post, however, I would like to go back to the beginning. Olivia’s first book. The first sentence summarizes perfectly Olivia’s personality, “She is good at a lots of things.” In the subsequent pages, we get to know those “things” and we instantly identify with her.
But why was Olivia such a hit? I believe it is her fearlessness what appeals to as all. She is not afraid to try new things, ask questions, and speak her mind.
Olivia is also special because she represents how children are nowadays. She likes books, art, and opera!
But above all, Olivia is a negotiator. Something unimaginable in the past!
“Only five books tonight, Mommy,” she says.
“No, Olivia, just one.”
“How about four?”
“Oh, all right, three.
But that’s it”.