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Oliver and Albert, friends forever
Van Leeuwen, Jean.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Oliver makes friends with Albert, the new boy in class, and they have fun together, playing kickball and collecting bugs.
Reading Level:
200 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 44915.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 31888 Guided reading level: K.
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Albert is a new student in Oliver's class. It's hard for Albert to make friends with his classmates at first, because he's not very good at the all-important game of kickball. But Oliver learns that there are a whole lot of other things Albert can do, and a friendship soon grows, founded on books, peanut butter cookies, and a shared love of bugs. Even if they don't always get along, in the end Oliver and Albert discover what it means to have a friend you can count on.Jean Van Leeuwen and Ann Schweninger celebrate the give-and-take of friendship in four captivating stories that young readers can share with their best friends.

Author Notes

Jean Van Leeuwen was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on December 26, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in the children's book department of a publisher. She is the author of more than 50 books including Timothy's Flower, Bound for Oregon, and the Oliver and Amanda series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1but kids tease him for his lack of skill in playing ball. Yet as Oliver discovers, Albert is willing to learn, and he also has much to teach and share. Together, the two learn the power of teamwork and the joys and rewards of friendship. This title in the Dial Easy-to-Read series illustrates the importance of appreciating and respecting differences, as well as the idea that true friendship goes beyond having fun. The positive message is well conveyed using familiar situations, simple sentences, large type, and basic vocabulary. Colorful illustrations provide visual and explain the story as they offer newer readers a break from the text. Children will like bespectacled, endearing Albert, who loves to learn and never gives up trying. An entertaining story. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A sweet and simple beginning chapter book about friendship. Albert, a little pig who wears glasses and checkered overalls, is the new boy at school. At recess, he proves that he is not very good at kickball, and some of the children make fun of him. However, a mutual interest in insects helps him to start up a friendship with Oliver. As their relationship develops, the two grow closer, help one another learn new things, experience their first fight, and then make peace. The plot is somewhat predictable, but the story is easy to read and emphasizes the importance of being a good friend. Done in carbon pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor washes, the artwork depicts a cast of pig characters all in the same shade of pink. The pictures spill playfully from their black-lined borders and have an appealing, childlike quality. A good choice for new readers and fans of the other books about Oliver and Amanda Pig.-Leslie S. Hilverding, Schuster Elementary School, El Paso, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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