Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 87


Picture Book: The Secret Olivia Told Me

Author: N. Joy

Illustrator: Nancy Devard

Summary: This is a story in cleverly rhymed verse. We are never told what Olivia’s secret is, but we are told that it is big. The narrator has been charged to keep it, and she believes it is important to do so in order to keep their friendship. However, the secret slips out. The secret quickly spreads so she confesses to Olivia, apologizes, and asks that their friendship remain. Olivia forgives her and their friendship is intact.

Hanna’s Comments: This book reminds me of the old game Gossip. Olivia’s secret just grows and grows. You might want to play that game right before you read the book. There are many possibilities for discussion after reading this book. Be sure to mention how hard it likely was for the narrator to admit her mistake and how that might have made all the difference in keeping their friendship. You could talk about difficult issues like betrayal, trust, reputation, confession, admitting mistakes, and forgiveness. Check out the Author’s Note in the back. It has some questions you might want to consider for your audience.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Just Us Books, 2007

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 6 and up, 1st and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Amateur video on Youtube

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: betrayal, confession, covenant/promises/vows, guilt, mistakes, secrets, trust/trustworthiness

Scripture Connections: Scriptures about covenant; how often we should forgive (Matthew 18:21-22)

Idea(s) for Application: This would be a great book to read to a girls’ scripture study group.