Review Blog

Mar 08 2017

Olivia's voice by Mike Lucas

cover image

Ill. by Jennifer Harrison. MidnightSun Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925227192
(Age: 5+) Recommended. Deafness. Disability. Sometimes books can be used to press home a point and these rarely work, but now and again a book is published that makes the readers aware of one person's disability with panache. This is no inclusivity driven tome, but rather a look at one girl and her particular way of dealing with her deafness.
With photographic realism, the pictures created are full of colour and life, inviting the reader to share Olivia's day.
When she gets up in the morning she loves looking at the beauty around her: the trees outside her window, the butterfly passing by. She notices the colour of the things on the table, she loves the warmth of her mother's face against hers, and then she is off to school with her friends, watching the shapes made by their mouths, joining with them clapping their hands. At school the teacher calls the roll, looking at Olivia as she calls her name. Olivia loves words and numbers and draws with the others in her class. But music is her favourite lesson and the children all know which instrument Olivia will go for.
A story full of life, love and covering all five senses, the fact that Olivia is deaf does not matter, she joins in with all activities both at home and school with enthusiasm and verve, shared by her family and school friends.
This is a charming look at one girl's day, concentrating on all the senses, it will be a great starting point for young readers learning about the senses they use everyday, how important they all are in shaping the world around them, and how the loss of one of those senses can be compensated with love and support.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates