Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

I was surprised to know that Kevin Henkes also wrote children's novels as well as picture books and was not disappointed.Olive was recently killed in a bicycle accident, and Martha never knew her. But after reading from Olive’s journal, Martha realizes they could have been friends. While on summer vacation Martha can’t stop thinking about Olive and is haunted by her in her thoughts and dreams. Although this book is no where near to the same style as Henkes' picture books it carries the same beautiful messages about life and family and friends.It's wonderful to see another side of Kevin Henkes. I really enjoyed this book I found it both thought prevoking and realitivly true.This book is beautifully written in a very conversational style that makes the reader feel like he or she is seeing the world through the eyes of a Martha. The pages are full of vivid images that will stay with you long after reading the book. As the story unfolds there are times of great joy, sadness, and confusion. After reading you truly tend to reflect on all the different themes presented in the book such as life, death, love, and family. I began to wonder about all the friendships I've missed out on and how if they would have happened what my life would be like now. I think this is a great book to read with your older elementary students.

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