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Olivia Helps with Christmas 05/14/11
I thought we had read all of the original Olivia books but then Harriet found Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer at the library. In a rare (for us) bit of coordination we read the book just before Christmas.
It's Christmas Eve and Olivia and her brothers are anxious for things to start. In her enthusiasm to speed things along she takes things to her usual extremes, including harvesting part of the Christmas tree for the table decoration.
The book has Falconer's usual limited pallet, with a little more green than usual. But like so many holiday books with the focus being on the goodness of the holiday and the importance of family and what-not, the book lacks its usual high level of mayhem.