Monday, February 12, 2018

"Olga the Cloud and the Snowman" - a bookwrap









This sweet book is perfect for toddlers or beginning readers.  You will fall in love with adorable Olga and wish you had a precious friend just like her.  




Unwrapping






Authored and illustrated by Nicoletta Costa
Ages 2-5




Some delightful illustrations for you to enjoy






















About the book





This delightful little book is short and sweet.  Some children build an adorable snowman named Nico during the day and when it's evening they leave him by himself as they must go inside.  Snowman gets very lonely outside all by himself and that's when Olga the cloud comes to his rescue.

All through the night she keeps him company.  They play and have a great time together.  In the morning the sun rises and shines on Nico making him all warm and sweaty.  Can his new friend Olga save him from melting away and help cool him down?  

The vibrant coloured illustrations are crisp and full of expression and heart.  Toddlers and beginning readers will navigate through the book enjoying both the pictures and the story.  This book is part of the "Olga the Cloud Series".  Each short story stars Olga in every day simple scenarios that children can relate to and enjoy.  

They were originally published in Italian and are now brought to English audiences in ebook editions buy Xist Publishing.  They bring beloved stories from diverse cultures to new audiences and they celebrate childhood in all its beautiful forms.  The publishers hope that children will enjoy these stories and discover a lifetime love of reading and love for all the people and creatures of the world.  A very worthwhile and noble mission indeed.  I highly recommend this book.




Storywraps Rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author/illustrator







Nicoletta Costa is Italy's best-selling and best-loved children's author. She has illustrated over 350 books and has written most of them.

She is born in 1953 in Trieste, where she lives and works.
After graduating in Architecture at the University of Venice in 1978, she worked for some years in her father's firm; but she soon left the profession to dedicate her time exclusively to her real passion: writing and illustrating children's books.

Since 1980 Nicoletta has been narrating stories with words and images expressed from a child's perspective; her simple, yet striking, personal graphic style makes her illustrations instantly recognizable and very easy for children to imitate.
Her amusing chatacters live adventures that help children feel more confident and self assured. Very often teachers use Nicoletta's stories as a pedagogical strategy to help children cope with the various developmental stages of their lives.
Her most loved character is Julio Bunny, a sweet, shy rabbit, and a very loyal friend, often scared but always able to find the courage to overcome everyday challenges, with the help of his friends.


Nicoletta Costa's books, published by the major Italian Publishers and some foreign Publishers, have received many International Prizes such as the Catalonia d'Illustraciòn Award (1986), the Golden Pen Award (1988), the Grinzane Junior Award (2002) and three Christian Andersen Awards, the last two for her most loved character Julio Bunny, who is soon going to become also a TV series.




Just for fun






Use a cloud template or just draw some big puffy cloud shapes and have your child add emotions to personify it.  You can ask your child to make a happy cloud, a sad cloud, an angry cloud, a scared cloud, a sleep cloud, a crying cloud etc.  

To make it even more challenging:




Add dialogue or what the cloud might be thinking text to exercise your child's imagination and writing skills.  Whatever you choose to do be sure to make it fun!  







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