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The Very Best of Olivia: A Storybook Treasury    by Various order for
Very Best of Olivia
by Various
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2013 (2013)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If anyone in your household loves Olivia, this collection of ten short picture books featuring the little, white piglet is sure to be a big hit. These are the first ten stories in what has become a very popular series of children's books.

In case you wish to see if you have them already, the titles are: Dinner with Olivia, Olivia and the Babies, Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand, Olivia and the Haunted Hotel, Olivia and the School Carnival, Olivia Cooks Up a Surprise, Olivia Leads a Parade, Olivia the Princess, Olivia Builds a Snowman and Olivia meets Olivia.

Adapted by different writers from the Nickelodeon Television series featuring Olivia, these ten early titles show a progression in Olivia's personality and character. You'll see the traits we now associate with the famous little pig emerge and there's even a bit of growth and maturity in how she handles new experiences.

Having these stories together and protected in a sturdy, well designed, single hardback book means that your child can go back and reread and enjoy them over and over again. It would not surprise me if some of the paperback originals you may have are worn out and coming apart after many readings; thus, they need replacement. This collection will not only last but can also be passed down to the next generation of Olivia fans!

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