The Resource Oliver's tree, Kit Chase

Oliver's tree, Kit Chase

Label
Oliver's tree
Title
Oliver's tree
Statement of responsibility
Kit Chase
Title variation
Olivers tree
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Oliver the elephant loves playing hide-and-seek but cannot tag his friends, Lulu and Charlie, when they hide in trees--their favorite spots--so they work together to find a tree where all three can play together
Tone
Review
  • PreS-Gr 1 — An adorable elephant, a sweet-faced rabbit, and a pudgy little owl play hide-and-seek in the forest. A problem arises when Lulu declares that trees are the best hiding places to hide, but Oliver, an elephant, is too big to join in the play. Saddened, he walks away from his friends, finds a large tree stump, and takes a nap. While he is asleep, his friends decorate the stump around Oliver, using branches, flowers, leaves, and grass to make a tree house that is big enough to accommodate them all. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are muted and soft, and the text is spare and sweet. A quiet testament to friendship and creative problem solving.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA --Jennifer Miskec (Reviewed February 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 2, p68)
  • Illustrator Chase debuts with a sweet yet tightly constructed story of friendship and ingenuity. Lulu (a bird), Charlie (a rabbit), and Oliver (an elephant) are playing hide and seek in the forest. But Oliver’s girth puts him at a competitive disadvantage: his friends can hide in trees and he can’t. “It’s hopeless!” says the elephant, walking away in frustration and embarrassment. “Elephants just don’t belong in trees!” Oliver’s friends are determined to include him, however, and with some clever planning and sweat equity, they build a brilliant and fully accessible tree house out of a stump that’s “Perfect for all of us!” Chase’s crisp, chipper narration never attempts to manipulate readers’ feelings, and her restraint, combined with her subtly expressive characters and the elegant prettiness of her watercolor and ink drawings, lends the book a distinctly British lilt that inoculates it against treacliness. The “Awww” that will all but inevitably accompany the final scene—a rousing game of pirate pretend play—is thoroughly deserved. Ages 3–5. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 9, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 49, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for OLIVER&#39 and S TREE)/* Starred Review */ It's no fun for anyone when someone is left out! Baby elephant Oliver has two very good friends: Lulu, an owlet, and Charlie, a bunny. Playing outside is something they love to do, but the happy trio runs into trouble while trying to climb trees, because Oliver just can't manage due to his bulk. Warm, appealing watercolors defined with pen and ink and containing just the right amount of detail show the three friends as they patiently search for a tree that is perfect for all of them. Simple text describes their trial and error, as they find trees that are too small, too weak or too tall. "It's hopeless!" wails Oliver. "Elephants just don't belong in trees!" When Oliver, exhausted by their efforts, succumbs to sleep, Lulu and Charlie hatch a plan to solve the problem by using their own unique talents. Will they succeed and provide Oliver with a happy surprise? No doubt! Suffused with warmth and gentle humor, this deceptively simple story demonstrates the power of friendship, the importance of working together and problem-solving, while simultaneously introducing basic concepts (high/low, tall/short) in a pleasing, organic way. Young children will root for the three friends, enjoy the mild suspense and delight in the very satisfying ending. As gentle and unassuming as Oliver, this story thoroughly charms. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10282229
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chase, Kit
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.C38732
LC item number
Oli 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
1.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hide-and-seek
  • Friendship
  • Elephants
  • Owls
  • Rabbits
  • Hide-and-seek
  • Friendship
  • Elephants
  • Owls
  • Rabbits
Target audience
preschool
Label
Oliver's tree, Kit Chase
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Playtime with friends"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1007753
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399257001
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013014667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780399257001
Label
Oliver's tree, Kit Chase
Publication
Note
"Playtime with friends"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1007753
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399257001
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013014667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780399257001

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