Olive and the Big Secret Children’s Book Review

Olive And The Big Secret

Olive and the Big Secret

  • Author/Illustrator: Tor Freeman
  • Reading level: Early Primary
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Books (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:978-0-7636-61496
  • SRP: $15.99

The beauty of this anthropomorphic animal tale with its owl, rabbit, cat, monkey, turtle, dog, giraffe, and alligator cast is that it is just told on a child’s level. Its shows the path of rumors and gossip without being preachy. Simple lines, bright colors, and contemporary style visuals with characters placed against backgrounds familiar to emerging readers makes this book work.

Who do you trust? Who can you trust? The story of Olive and the Big Secret is a lesson that everyone should learn. Who can be trusted to keep a secret? Some people can be trusted; others cannot.

How Freeman skillfully gets the story out without ever actually telling the big secret develops young minds, thinking skills, and ability to draw conclusions. Can the reader correctly guess exactly what the secret is? Olive and the Big Secret’s puppy love endpapers are the clue.

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