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Jun 19 2017

Note perfect by Yvette Poshoglian

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Ill. by Danielle McDonald. Ella and Olivia series, book 19. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743811481
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Family life. School life. Concerts. Music. Note Perfect is the nineteenth junior novel in the Ella and Olivia series. The extremely large font and line drawings support the transition from picture book to beginning novel. Each book is written with a specific theme and each includes a range of familiar text and some specific trickier words relating to the theme.
Ella and Olivia are sisters and best friends. Ella is seven years old and Olivia is five-and-a-half years old; they live with their mum, dad, and little brother Max. The sisters love music and enjoy participating in the Junior Band at School. Olivia plays percussion instruments, the triangle, wooden blocks and glockenspiel; she also is learning to play the drums. Ella loves to play the flute and both sisters love to practise at home. With an upcoming concert and a difficult new song to learn, there is plenty of drama at home and at the rehearsals. At home, everyone enjoys the music, Max plays the pots and pans and even Bob their puppy tries to sing along!
There are a few hiccups on the day of the concert. When Miss Knowles the band conductor asks Olivia to take Luca's place at the drum set, is she up for the challenge?
Yvette Poshoglian's charming stories are written specifically for early readers who enjoy simple plots and relatable characters.
Rhyllis Bignell

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