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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

Falconer, Ian, 1959- (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
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"Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! What will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality in this latest book of the OLIVIA series, and rest assured, you won't find THIS pig in pink!"--
Authors: Falconer, Ian, 1959-
Title: Olivia and the fairy princesses
Published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Summary: "Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! What will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality in this latest book of the OLIVIA series, and rest assured, you won't find THIS pig in pink!"--
Local Note: 1 2 4
ISBN: 1442450274
9781442450271
Branch Call Number: E FAL
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by Ian Falconer
Subject Headings: Swine Juvenile fiction. Princesses Juvenile fiction. Individuality Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Swine
Princesses
Individuality
LCCN: 2011053046
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List - No Damsels in Distress by: DBRL_KIDS Oct 10, 2012

Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! What will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality.


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Don't let the title fool you - this is an ANTI-princess book. It's basically about wanting to be unique.

(RE the previous comment about adoption - valid points, but I think the reader is overreacting - one page of a book does not influence kids that much and it's really easy to skip that page or use it to start a conversation with your kids, depending on their age).

Jun 08, 2013
  • vernessa7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a funny book by michael

Feb 04, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

And the Olivia books just keep getting better! Falconer has another hit with this one.

OFFENSIVE PORTRAYAL OF ADOPTION
As Olivia tries on identities, she considers: "Or maybe adopt orphans from all over the world!" The image: diapered babies, multi-ethnic, with sad mouths and blank stares, with Olivia smiling proudly as she surveys her brood.

1) the message implies adoption as philanthropy, and if the intent is to poke fun at high profile international adoptions, that is a message with NO PLACE in a children's book.

2) implies adoption as occupation

3) portrays adopted children as sad victims, as vulnerable

4) typifies adopted children as children of color

4) the bottom line - how could the author, publisher and all the people involved in creating this book think, for one minute, that it is appropriate for ANY child to receive these messages, let alone adopted children, from a CHILDREN'S BOOK!

This book has astonished and angered me to no end. I honestly want to burn it.

My favorite pig character is back as she converses with her mother about the whole princess craze she notices all around her. Unique and spunky as ever, Olivia's style comes shining through again. Welcome back Olivia, after that not so great trip to Venice!

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Jun 08, 2013
  • vernessa7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

vernessa7 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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Jun 08, 2013
  • vernessa7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Olivia does not want to be a fairy princess and her mother wants her to be a fairy princess and puts her to bed at night and olivia thinks she wants to be a queen. by michael

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