Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Oliver's Must-Do List

a picture book by Susan Taylor Brown, illustrated by Mary Sullivan
"Will you play with me today?"
That's the question on Oliver's mind. His desired playmate? His mother. But when she checks her Must-Do list, she discovers there are far too many chores to get done, and no time to play.

Oliver tries to entertain himself, but his games aren't nearly as much fun without someone to share them with. How can one tell knock-knock jokes, without someone to say, "Who's there?"

Oliver comes up with a clever solution. It leads to a most remarkable day that promises to be the first of many like it.

Oliver's Must-Do List gently reminds us of what is truly important. The illustrations by Mary Sullivan have hilarious details that will make readers of all ages laugh out loud.

I immediately fell in love with Oliver. He's a sweet, imaginative, creative character that will reach out and touch the hearts of all who meet him. Kids will feel his frustration, and time-pressed parents (and older siblings!) will relate to his mother's guilt. In our busy world, there seems to be less and less time for simple pleasures like playing. Fortunately, this sweet picture book shows us that it's well worthwhile to re-prioritize our Must-Do lists.

It's important to spend time with the children in your life, and engaging yourselves in this charming story is a wonderful way to do it. And it won't hurt to set aside a teeny place on the fridge. Don't be surprised if your young reader puts up her own Must-Do list after reading this book. ;-)

(Teachers can invite Oliver to visit their schools and classrooms. Drop in on Oliver's LiveJournal to find out how.)