Oliver (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1)

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Oliver has always wanted to be a dancing elephant, but what will he do when he discovers the circus already has enough elephants? Beginning readers will laugh out loud as they follow Oliver's adventures and find out how this elephant of unique charm and talent finally achieves his dream. Now available in full color!

Oliver the elephant looks elsewhere for employment after learning that the circus already has enough elephants.

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Overview

Oliver has always wanted to be a dancing elephant, but what will he do when he discovers the circus already has enough elephants? Beginning readers will laugh out loud as they follow Oliver's adventures and find out how this elephant of unique charm and talent finally achieves his dream. Now available in full color!

Oliver the elephant looks elsewhere for employment after learning that the circus already has enough elephants.

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Editorial Reviews

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After a long sea voyage, Oliver the elephant gets off the boat and learns that he doesn't have a job in the circus. He heads out seeking employment first at the zoo and then as a peanut vendor. Neither works out, so he tries being a pet. Finally Oliver heads to the park where he meets a group of kids. After playing awhile, they all contemplate what they would like to do. Oliver, who wants to be a dancing elephant, starts to strut his stuff. He is so good that people don't pay attention to the passing circus parade. Finally Oliver gets the job that he wants and deserves. The text is simple and the illustrations are a delight, but the book is a bit long for kids just starting to read. An "I Can Read Book" Level 1 for preschool to grade 1. 2000 (orig. 1960), HarperTrophy, $14.95, and $3.95. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064442725
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 95,866
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Syd Hoff was born and raised in New York City. He studied at the National Academy of Design and sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker when he was eighteen. He eventually became one of the most original and beloved authors and illustrators of children's books. Mr. Hoff wrote more than fifty books for children, including the I Can Read titles Danny and the Dinosaur, Oliver, and Sammy the Seal.

Syd Hoff was born and raised in New York City. He studied at the National Academy of Design and sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker when he was eighteen. He eventually became one of the most original and beloved authors and illustrators of children's books. Mr. Hoff wrote more than fifty books for children, including the I Can Read titles Danny and the Dinosaur, Oliver, and Sammy the Seal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    Story Lacking in Content and Message

    The is a silly story with charming pictures. The story is outdated and meaningless. My children were neither engaged nor entertained.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    I got it because my toddler likes it

    What can I say? The kid likes Syd Hoff. I can't say that I have the same appreciation for him what with his stunted sentences and mind-bending changes in perspective in his illustrations, but the kid loves the guy. It may have something to do with her cousin's name being in the title of one of his books. But she loves the stories and she follows them with interest, even flipping through the books on her own and "reading" a word or two off each page. Something about Syd Hoff's style of storytelling has captured her interest, perhaps it's the honest simplicity of the illustrations, or maybe the easy rhythm of the text, or it could be how both marry pretty well to tell the tale. And who am I to argue with her tastes? She's two, and she likes books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Wonderful Book!!

    This is a wonderful book! I loved it as a kid and now my kids do to.

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