Olvina Swims
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Olvina Swims

by Grace Lin
     
 

Olvina the plucky chicken is back for another adventure!

Olvina can swim about as well as she can fly, but her reluctance to swim hasn't been a problem until she's on vacation in Hawaii with her friend Hailey. Will Olvina let her fear of the water spoil her fun? Not with Hailey on the job.

Children (as well as chickens) may find learning to swim a

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Overview

Olvina the plucky chicken is back for another adventure!

Olvina can swim about as well as she can fly, but her reluctance to swim hasn't been a problem until she's on vacation in Hawaii with her friend Hailey. Will Olvina let her fear of the water spoil her fun? Not with Hailey on the job.

Children (as well as chickens) may find learning to swim a daunting challenge. This reassuring story shows that with a little courage, lots of practice, and the help of a good friend, one can accomplish just about anything.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
The story picks up where Olvina Flies (Holt, 2003) leaves off, with the fearful chicken and her penguin friend in Hawaii. Hailey encourages her pal to overcome her fear of the water in stages, first in the bathtub, then in the pool, and finally in the ocean. In the end, Olvina learns to enjoy the water and appreciate a helpful friend. Lin's straightforward story will reassure nervous young swimmers. Both the text and art include whimsical moments and images, such as the ocean-dwelling fish sporting top hats and caps. The full- and half-page spreads, executed in gouache, feature delightful patterned borders and fabric designs in sunny colors. Pair this with Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz's Froggy Learns to Swim (Viking, 1995) for a storytime that youngsters can dive into.
—Rachel G. PayneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Bird Convention has ended and it's time for vacation in Hawaii. Olvina, having overcome her fear of flying (Olvina Flies, 2003), tackles swimming with encouraging lessons from newfound convention friend Hailey. Not wanting to "be a chicken," Olvina splashes right into the hotel bathtub, learns to blow bubbles underwater and graduates to the outdoor pool. Lin captures both the uncertainty and hesitation of a new swimmer gently coaxed and finally immersed in an aquatic world of exercise, relaxation and enjoyment. Her signature uncomplicated, outlined gouache paintings against marine blues depict an array of anthropomorphized animal hotel guests and a chicken's childlike expressions of fear, doubt, hard work and ultimate pleasure. Most of all, Olvina learns "chickens can do anything" with good friends and a little work. A refreshing dive into a common anxiety with an uplifting message. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076615
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.23(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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