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Book Review/Giveaway: Oliver At The Window: Ends August 15th

Oliver At The Window by Elizabeth Shreeve and illustrated by Candice H McDonald.

About the Book: When his parents move into separate houses, Oliver must brave many new changes. He shuffles back and forth between his parents’ homes. And now he goes to preschool every day. Isolated and alone at first, Oliver slowly becomes part of the gang. Eventually he’s able to help the newest student feel welcome at school. And his lion stays with Oliver everywhere he goes, giving him just the thing he needs to adjust to all the changes: courage.

Oliver at the Window is of special interest to families in transition and the teachers, psychologists and therapists who support them.

My Review: When it came time for Oliver to attend a new school he didn’t care that there was a pile of blocks to build a castle or a puppet show stage. All he wanted to do is stand by the window holding his lion wondering who was going to pick him up later, would it be his mom or dad? He was never quite sure whether he will be at his dad’s house or his mom’s.  At school he will paint a picture of his mom’s house and draw a picture of his dad’s house with his lion in both windows. Oliver later felt welcome in his new school and was able to help a new student who felt the way he did feel welcome.

This is a very good book for children living in separate homes. It helps them to understand that no matter what both parent still love them after a divorce. And that they would have the courage to adjust to change.

Single parents and teachers will be able to communicate after reading this book to a child who feels alone and stand at the window wondering who will be picking them up. Great illustrations by Candice McDonald which helps tell the story.

I highly recommend this book.

Ages: 4 and up

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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Other books by Elizabeth Shreeve.


The Adventures of Hector Fuller

Hector Afloat


Hector Springs Loose


Hector Finds a Fortune


Hector on Thin Ice


 This Giveaway Has Ended


Winner is #15 – Kmayans



July 21, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , ,


  1. Do I understand this problem. I have had two sons whose wives have left and the kids are shuffled between the houses. The older ones, 17 and 21, are OK and the younger ones are still working on it. Both my sons were told never to say bad about the mothers because both parents love them. The 8 year old often asks is it parent pick up? (the mother) or bus ?(my son). They will be fine but glad to know there is this book. Day care providers should know about this book.

    Comment by Leona Olson | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  2. Oh this book would be great to share with my Kindergarteners. There aren’t many books out there that talk about separations and this is really hard for lots of kids. Would love to add this book to my collection!

    Comment by Kelly Beam Brown | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  3. A lovely book!

    Comment by ellisnelson | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  4. This book would be great for my nieces since my brother and their mom are divorced. It would be in language and terms they can understand. Awesome!

    Comment by Amanda Ray | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  5. Very nice illustrations on these!

    Comment by Kathy S | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  6. Just about everyone is affected by this situation. A book that should be a given with parents, caregivers and teachers alike. Thanks for sharing with us. Commented on Author’s interview as well.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  7. I am so glad that authors are writing more about real issues and trying to help others, especially kids. My sister is going through a divorce and I see her three kids trying to figure things out. So sad but that is life and things happen. The Hector series look like great reads too!

    your1chef at aol dot com

    Comment by your1chef | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  8. I am a School Counselor and would love love to use this book with children dealing with divorce.


    Comment by Julie | August 10, 2012 | Reply

  9. The Issues of our young people are a concern and an issue, glad to see them being addressed.

    Comment by Cheryl Reinhardt | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  10. I am an English as a Second Language Teacher and these would be very helpful

    Comment by Diane Baum | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  11. It is hard to address issues like this. Not to mention with children. This would be a great book to share with those that are experiencing it.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5) | August 13, 2012 | Reply

  12. This looks like a read for my nieces!

    Comment by Ed Nemmers | August 14, 2012 | Reply

  13. I’m glad Oliver is able to feel welcome at school and can help others who are going through a difficult time. I would recommend this book to children whose parents are divorced or separated.

    Comment by likwan | August 15, 2012 | Reply

  14. This would be a great book for my kids. Even though I have been divorced for a couple of years, the kids still struggle with it.

    Comment by Brenda Elsner | August 15, 2012 | Reply

  15. This is a neat book. I have not found that many books that talk about living in two households so this would be good for my students.

    Comment by kmayans | August 15, 2012 | Reply

  16. This book sounds perfect for my son. He just started school and doesn’t seem to like it very much and begs us not to bring him there. ;-/

    Comment by Chelsea | August 15, 2012 | Reply

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