9780544146716. ea vol: digital download w/tr book. Houghton Harcourt. $3.99.
PreS-Gr 3—In Ollie, the duckling main character doesn't want to hatch. Friends Gossie and Gertie wait, watch, and cajole, but still he will not come out of the egg. In the follow-up book, Ollie covets the brightly colored rain boots of his friends, and traipses after Gossie and Gertie until they each share one of their boots with him. Despite thin plots, rudimentary illustrations, and flat characters, the simple sentences and vocabulary of these books makes them accessible to beginning readers. In the accompanying audio downloads, the narrator's voice sounds computer generated with little emotion or inflection to draw listeners in to the story. However, the simple navigation of the downloads, separate listening and read-along tracks, and under-three-minute running times make these audiobooks a good fit for the youngest readers.—Tara Hixon, Cashion Public Schools, OK
New ed., 2003. Newly formatted editions of Dunrea's charming stories about gosling Ollie, the young companion to Gossie and Gertie, work well as beginning readers. The stories are unchanged, and they are as delightful and child-friendly as ever. The short, expressive sentences use repetition and rhythm nicely, while Dunrea's clean, eloquent illustrations give the earliest of readers additional information to support their efforts. Review covers these Green Light Readers titles: Ollie and Ollie the Stomper.

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