Kids around the country are approaching their final days of online learning for the year if they’re not out on break already. Summer reading is a great way to keep young minds sharp.
Oliver Doodle Dandy is a great addition to summer storytime and encourages their understanding of upcoming national holidays such as Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The book focuses on U.S. history through the point of view of a precocious little character named Oliver and his friends.
For fun and engaging projects that take children’s adventures with Oliver further, a 15-page companion activity book is also available.
Oliver Doodle Dandy follows the seven-book series Oliver the Ornament, where children learn about kindness through a collection of family Christmas tree ornaments.
How Oliver Is Teaching Your Children About Independence Day
What do your kids think about the Fourth of July? If they’re anything like Henry and Holly, it’s a day of parades, barbecues and fireworks. The book characters discover there’s more to this holiday as they go up to the attic to retrieve the family’s American flags.
They discover patriotic-dressed Oliver and his friends hosting their own celebration. The children learn all about why we celebrate Independence Day, the nation’s history, and its beauty.
Author Todd Zimmermann hopes young readers take away that the American Dream is alive and well. He also wants to spread a positive message to children during these unsettling times that their dreams are possible.
For teachers planning out their next academic year, Oliver Doodle Dandy makes a great addition to any classroom. The activity was specifically teacher developed for student learning.