It’s time once again for another edition of Nonna’s Corner where I share books I’ve read with my grandchildren affectionately referred to as the Royals. Today’s tale is a Carefree Ollie Book, Ollie’s Backpack by Riya Aarini.
by Riya Aarini
Illustrator: Virvalle Carvallo
Series: Carefree Ollie #1
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Ollie carries his backpack wherever he goes. Soon enough, it starts to fill up with worries, from his favorite broken toy to his wilted sunflower. Eventually, he starts to feel the weight of his cares. What does Ollie do? He figures out what is too heavy to carry around. As his backpack becomes overly stuffed with woes, Ollie learns to let them go. Be a part of Ollie's heartening journey toward discovering what cares to hold onto and which ones to let go! Pick up this delightfully illustrated early reader for your little worry wart!
Both Royals were excited by the cover of Ollie’s Backpack, illustrated by Virvalle Carvallo. In this tale we spend the day with Ollie as his backpack becomes full of worries. A clever tale that helps children learn about worries and the weight they carry.
Ollie’s backpack starts out light and filled with outstanding things like paper to make airplanes, pencils and a dragon picture. The story talks about what can go in the backpack and what can’t. For example, a Walrus cannot. Thi had the Royals giggling with laughter. Clayton, three, declared the Walrus, “too big!”
Throughout the day, Ollie’s backpack became heavier and heavier. Each thing light or small held weight related to how Ollie felt about them. A broken toy that a bully hit him with, a rejected granola bar and a wonky wheel.
Sophia, five, quickly became attuned to the unpleasant feelings tied to objects going in the backpack. While I am not sure she understood the full message of this story, it opened the door to talk about them and her retelling assured me she understood in the simplest of terms that carrying the weight of worries everywhere isn’t good and that we can control how much we allow ourselves to carry.
Perfect for your bookshelf or classroom through Ollie’s Backpack offers an opportunity for discussion. What worries does your little one carry? The answers might surprise you.
- Age Range: 5 – 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2