Friday, March 23, 2018

"Olga the Cloud and the Tulip" - a bookwrap

Sweet Olga the Cloud is back with a fantastic story that celebrates her love of flowers and the wonderful season we are now welcoming, called Spring!  


 Created by Nicoletta Costa

Ages 2+


This book is part of the Olga the Cloud series. Each short story features the charming cloud in simple situations, perfect for teaching babies and toddlers. Olga the Cloud stories were originally published in Italian and are now brought to English audiences in ebook editions.
Xist Publishing is proud to present the Olga the Cloud Books to a new generation of children. By bringing beloved stories from diverse cultures to new audiences, Xist Publishing celebrates childhood in all its beautiful forms. We hope your children will enjoy these stories and discover a lifetime love of reading and love for all the people and creatures of the world.

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you

About the book

This delightful book will have little ones giggling. (and adults too)  

Olga with her sweet and generous spirit finds herself helping out once again, this time to a lovely little tulip in distress.  Olga adores flowers and she is sailing happily along through the bright blue sky when she becomes aware of a poor little flower who is heartbroken on this beautiful Spring day. What possibly could be wrong to make her so upset?  Olga takes it upon herself to intervene and see. 

The tulip is the recipient of a birdie-plop.  Yes, a splatter of plop has covered her delicate petals and she is helpless to remove it on her own. The little bird, realizing the anguish he has caused, says sorry but the soiled tulip is very angry.   Oh my... her beautiful petals are befouled and she looks a mess.  

It's Cloud Olga to the rescue.  She knows just how to resolve this problem and turn this sad tulip's frown upside down into a wide, happy smile.  Olga hovers over the little flower and gently rains a  refreshing shower of water all over her.  Ahhhhhh!!!  The problem is solved thanks to Olga's kind heart and her willingness to help a flower feeling so forlorn.  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful, crisp and clear.  Toddlers and emergence readers will love both the pictures and the simple text.  It's always wonderful to review a book about kindness, reading out, and helping others in need.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series.   

Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

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'IllustraciĆ²n 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.

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