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Written by Clare Luther

Illustrated by Maria Floyd

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Olive Review

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Olive (The Little Paws Hotel series) by Clare Luther is a delightful but also very helpful rhyming story for children of 3+ years of age. It is imaginatively illustrated by Maria Floyd in colour and monochrome. The book is about Olive, the miniature dachshund, whose family are going out for the day and, for the first time, need somewhere for her to be looked after. The Little Paws Hotel is the obvious answer and Olive is booked in. Upon arrival, she is devastated to be left behind when her family leave and can't imagine how she will survive the day without them. Gradually though, the other small-pawed dogs at the hotel welcome her, calm her fears and talk to her soothingly until she ends up relaxing and even having some fun! The questions at the end of the story are designed to help young children verbalize about and overcome separation anxiety so this would be an invaluable book for those about to start at a childminders, playgroup, nursery or reception class for the first time. An altogether ideal way to get youngsters thinking and talking about their emotions.

Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador

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Olive Synopsis

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The Little Paws Hotel

Dogs are booked in for one day or more. 

Who has come to stay? Let's open the door.

Olive's family is out for the day. Olive needs looking after and she is booked in to The Little Paws Hotel. It's Olive's first visit and she is feeling nervous. Let's find out how she gets on...

Through the story she shares her worries and discovers that she is able to face the challenge.

Some young children find it difficult to express feelings of worry or anxiety. The beautifully illustrated rhyming story of Olive the dog is easy to relate to and research-based. It’s well considered language helps children to explore their thoughts and feelings around these big emotions.

Olive Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This simple story, told in rhyme with delightful illustrations is easily relatable to young children and would be a perfect book when exploring worries and fears. Full review

Val Rowe

Told in rhyme, it's a charming book for anytime. Some ideas at the end for discussion are useful too. Full review

Chris Woolfenden

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ISBN: 9781916016125
Publication date: 23/12/2019
Publisher: Head 2 Heart Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781916016125
Publication date: 23rd December 2019
Author: Clare Luther
Illustrator: Maria Floyd
Publisher: Head 2 Heart Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Personal Social Health Economic , Pets, Animals
Recommendations: Indie Books We Love

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