Very Busy Life of Olaf and Venus: Shopping

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Come shopping with Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. See how much fun an adventure in town can be! No matter how they're spending their time, Olaf and Venus lead a life of simple pleasures and jolly surprises. Toddlers will delight in Pierre Pratt's bold, color-saturated artwork and whimsical cast of characters, even as they learn simple words.
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Overview

Come shopping with Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. See how much fun an adventure in town can be! No matter how they're spending their time, Olaf and Venus lead a life of simple pleasures and jolly surprises. Toddlers will delight in Pierre Pratt's bold, color-saturated artwork and whimsical cast of characters, even as they learn simple words.
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Children's Literature
Simple text, frequently only one word to a page and uncomplicated illustrations are the hallmark of this board book series. Olaf the elephant and his friend Venus the mouse set out for the market. They look at fruit and flowers, try on clothing and then inexplicably end up lying in a water fountain. Eventually they end up stretched out on the floor next to shelves full of books. Most kids would name the individual fruits (banana and orange) rather than think of the word fruit and most would be unlikely to encounter a fountain on their shopping trip. After reading all four books in the series, it is interesting to note that they all end with a frolic in the water and Olaf and Venus taking a snooze. These books have a definite European flavor. 2000, Candlewick, $4.99. Ages 2 to 4. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Four board books featuring an elephant, Olaf, and a mouse, Venus. On the left side of each spread, an object is placed on a white background, with one word underneath it. On the facing page, the two animals are shown engaging in some activity that includes the object. Sometimes these items are related to the topic but often it is a stretch of the imagination to get the connection. Car features a porcupine, a plane, a bird, and, at the final destination, a beach. In Home, objects represented are a door, chair, bed, telephone, bathtub, bed, and cheese. In Park, a squirrel, dog, statue, pond, grass, and a boy in a stroller are featured. In Shopping, Olaf is trying on big brown shoes while Venus is putting on little red ones. Babies and toddlers will enjoy looking for the items in the colorful illustrations with objects that are easy to identify.-Olga R. Kuharets, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

A quartet of brightly hued, near-wordless board books charts the daily rounds of best pals Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. The storylines are cleverly conjured from just half a dozen droll scenarios, and young children will get a thrill out of spotting the familiar objects (dog, telephone, chair, cheese, and so on) highlighted on each sturdy page.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763613921
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Olaf and Venus
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 6
  • Age range: 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 6.33 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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