Olive and the Big Secret

Olive and the Big Secret

Book - 2012
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Olive learns the hard way that keeping secrets is tough, and telling them can make for a whole lot of trouble!

When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great! Olive tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. But Lola is best friends with Molly. Uh-oh, the secret is out, and Olive is in for it!
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763661496
Branch Call Number: Ju E FRE


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Apr 23, 2018

This was written with a good message but they missed a lot in the delivery. They could have explained more... they could also state what the secret was as a child under 7 would have a bit of a tough time understanding the final image that had the implied secret... It was a bit frustrating reading this to a 4 yr old.

Apr 08, 2016

SUMMARY: Molly has a secret. She tells Olive the secret and Olive promises not to tell anyone. Unfortunately Olive can't keep her promise and tells one person. But that person tells one person who tells another person and so on. Before long, Molly's secret is out and Molly knows exactly who told

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are simple and large for the younger viewers. The wonderful facial expressions add humor to the story.

THE GOOD: This book is a wonderful illustration of how secrets end up becoming widely public just from telling one person.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This book does not talk about Molly's feelings about the shared secret. It simply shows her in an angry stance, but she doesn't say anything as Olive tries to lie about telling the secret. Olive never shows remorse for telling the secret and there are no consequences for her. This makes the story feel incomplete. I felt like the book was saying, "Olive told a secret she promised not to. So, what?" I would have liked a better ending that involved a moral teaching.



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Apr 23, 2018

atlantisgirl4 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


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