Oliver’s Lollipop by author Allison Wortche and illustrator Andres Landazabal

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Philomel

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

On Oliver’s birthday his parents take him and his little brother to the zoo. At the zoo entrance stands a vendor selling treats. Oliver is attracted to a lollipop so his parents purchase it and tell him he cannot eat it before dinner. Oliver being a child cannot get the lollipop off of his mind as he carries it throughout the zoo. He misses out on all of the zoo attractions and activities until his lollipop gets taken away from him. Once this event happens, Oliver is able to enjoy his birthday zoo trip with his family. Illustrations capture characters’ moods, place and time of day appropriately. This picture book can be interpreted in different ways. For people responsible for young children, it serves as a reminder to parents and teachers taking class trips to save souvenir and/or treat buying until the end of the trip or until parents/teachers are ready for the children to eat/ interact with the treat or souvenir. This book could be read to children before going on a trip coupled with a discussion.

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