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Feb 14 2013

The big sleepover by Yvette Poshoglian

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Series Ella and Olivia #6 Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742836584. RRP $7.99
Recommended for girls from 5-7 years. Family, friendship, school life. Ella and Olivia are ballet-loving sisters who love having adventures. Imagine the excitement of planning and engaging in your very first sleepover. Ella is seven and a half and Mum agrees to have her best friend Zoe stay over on Saturday evening. It is a week full of challenges and responsibilities showing Ella's determination to succeed. Ella proves she is a caring, older sister when she allows her little sister Olivia to enjoy the slumber party and midnight feast as well.
This is a great addition to those very first chapter books targeted to girl readers. The style of writing in short, crisp sentences conveys Ella's feelings of happiness as she plans the Saturday sleepover. The large size font transitions the young reader into the wonder of beginning novel reading. Yvette Poshoglian's style of writing captures the imagination of the young girl audience and makes it a fun family/school focus novel. Danielle McDonald's line drawings bring the characters to life. Even the pages are edged with a printed, lace motif just to add an extra dimension. The reader can access more Ella and Olivia fun and games at the accompanying website This book is the sixth in the series and is recommended for girls from 5-7 years.
Rhyllis Bignell

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