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Olivia Helps Mother Nature    adapted by Lauren Forte & Jared Osterhold order for
Olivia Helps Mother Nature
by Lauren Forte
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's another Level One, Read-to-Read book that features everyone's favorite little white pig. Olivia decides she is going to help Mother Nature by going on a major household recycling binge. Unfortunately, in doing so Olivia is going to drive her family crazy.

It is one thing to sort disposable items into one of three recycling bins, but Olivia's father isn't happy when she grabs his newspaper to toss into a bin before he is finished reading it.

Turning off the lights to save electricity while mother is taking care of the baby and shutting off the sink faucet when Ian, her brother, is brushing his teeth isn't appreciated either. But the real problem occurs when at bedtime Olivia insists Ian sleep without his nightlight on. Perhaps that's a good idea, but neither Olivia nor her brother get much sleep that night.

Fortunately, the well meaning little pig learns how to recycle without disrupting the entire family and she even solves Ian's nightlight problem so that they both get a good night's sleep.

Beginning readers will find the familiar characters and narrative here interesting enough that they'll enjoy practicing their new reading skills and sharing this story with mom or dad.

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