Olive and the Big Secret

Olive and the Big Secret

Book - 2012
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When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great for Olive, so she tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. Lola's best friends with Molly, so the secret's out, and Olive's in big trouble.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN: 9780763661496
Branch Call Number: je Free


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Apr 08, 2016

SUMMARY: Molly has a secret. She tells Olive the secret and Olive promises not to tell anyone. Unfortunately Olive can't keep her promise and tells one person. But that person tells one person who tells another person and so on. Before long, Molly's secret is out and Molly knows exactly who told

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are simple and large for the younger viewers. The wonderful facial expressions add humor to the story.

THE GOOD: This book is a wonderful illustration of how secrets end up becoming widely public just from telling one person.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This book does not talk about Molly's feelings about the shared secret. It simply shows her in an angry stance, but she doesn't say anything as Olive tries to lie about telling the secret. Olive never shows remorse for telling the secret and there are no consequences for her. This makes the story feel incomplete. I felt like the book was saying, "Olive told a secret she promised not to. So, what?" I would have liked a better ending that involved a moral teaching.


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