This precocious pig is endearing and reminds us all of a child we know and love. In this book we are introduced to Olivia, the big sister and official “wearer-outer” of the family. The author/illustrator uses simple illustrations on white backgrounds with a great use of color: black, white, red.
Speech Therapy ideas:
1. Describe all the things that Olivia is doing on the action-filled pages. For younger children uses present tense sentences, “She is kicking. She is jumping. She is mixing.” For older children, use past tense sentences, especially focusing on irregular verbs, “She ran. She hammered. She kicked. She fell down”
2. Describe all the types of clothes Olivia is wearing. Name them. Talk about when she might wear that clothing item (season, event, time of day, etc.).
3. What does this sentence on the beach page mean, “She feels it’s important to come prepared”?
4. Make some inferences. Why is Olivia pink after going to the beach? What is the “you-know-what”? What is Olivia thinking after looking at the Degas painting? How does her mother feel after Olivia tries paining at home? Why does she get a time out?
5. Describe the use of red in the story. What things are red on each page? Make some guesses as to why.
6. Even if your child cannot pronounce all the sounds in “Olivia”, it is a good multisyllabic word to practice.