Olivia and Oscar Build an Opinion Piece

Sending request ...

More About This Book

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
As Olivia and her younger brother Oscar are walking to school, Oscar trips but is saved from falling by the crossing guard. Days later they discover that the school board is making budget cuts and crossing guards will lose their jobs. When the siblings express their outrage, their father suggests they write a letter voicing their concerns to the school board. This short volume from the “Writing Builders” series presents a step-by-step guide to that writing process and includes a facsimile of their printed words on notebook paper. Their father guides them through writing an introduction to grab the reader and to present their opinion. Then they include reasons to support their ideas, as well as respond to likely opposing views. The conclusion restates their opinion. The complete letter is then illustrated. The children send their letter to the school board and receive a positive response. However, the real value of this short book lies in its approach to teaching the writing process. Words such as hook and transition appear in bold print and are defined in the glossary. The book ends with a list of ten clear steps to good writing and related source materials. Young readers will not only improve their writing skills from reading this colorful book, but they will also learn the importance of sharing their views. Like Olivia and Oscar, they may change their world for the better. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson; Ages 7 to 10.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In these titles, relatable fictional characters learn about writing through everyday experiences. For example, Olivia and Oscar pen an opinion piece to try to save the job of a crossing guard who is going to be let go. This approach makes the content engaging. Steps to accomplish a writing project and/or tips are included in list form in the back of each title, which is helpful for quick reference. While the characters' stories work well, the cartoonish illustrations are lackluster and do little to complement the texts. Digital Tools includes content that is too sophisticated for the lower range of the targeted age group, as the idea of creating a website is unrealistic for a young audience.—Lauren M. Sinacore, George M. Davis Elementary School, New Rochelle , NY
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599535821
  • Publisher: Norwood House Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)