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Olivia Helps With Christmas    by Ian Falconer order for
Olivia Helps With Christmas
by Ian Falconer
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2013 (2007)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Celebrate Christmas Eve with Olivia and her family as they prepare for Santa's visit and the festivities of Christmas day. After some last minute morning shopping, Olivia helps decorate the Christmas tree and sets the table for dinner. Then, after singing some carols and setting a snack out by the fireplace for Santa, Olivia and her siblings are off to bed.

Naturally, Olivia isn't very sleepy. Is that a noise up on the roof? Yup! Can that be Santa? Nope, it's a raccoon! Eventually the little white pig falls asleep and before you can say Vixen and Blixen, it is Christmas morning.

A fresh blanket of snow covers the ground and beneath the Christmas tree is a pile of gifts. After giving her parents a very special present, a self-portrait to hang over the fireplace, Olivia heads outdoors to try her new skis. And, that night, totally exhausted, the tired little piglet sleeps like a log.

This special board book will become a favorite of youngsters who can't get enough of Olivia. What's not to like about this outgoing, rambunctious and amusing character who sleeps at night with a Ski Gstaad poster over her bed and dreams about performing in the Nutcracker Suite?

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