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Book: Olivia Lauren’s A Guide to Things We Wear, Olivia Lauren Volume 5
Authors: Olivia Lauren and Melissa-Sue John
Illustrators: Simonne-Anais Clarke and Zachary-Michael Clarke
Publisher: Lauren Simone Publishing House, 2017
Related website(s): http://www.laurensimonepubs.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3-6
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Lauren, Olivia, and John, Melissa-Sue. Olivia Lauren’s A Guide to Things We Wear, Olivia Lauren Volume 5 (published in 2017 by Lauren Simone Publishing House). What are you wearing right now? Olivia Lauren is a child model, and A Guide the Things We Wear is a story about how she and her friends Kayla, Taj, and Harriet explore the different things which people wear. They tell us about the when, where, and why regarding various kinds of clothing. The book begins with the many synonyms for clothes. Young readers will learn about what we wear in rainy weather and how we dress in cold weather. They will also read about the names of some of the clothing that people wear in other parts of the world, such as India, Pakistan, Ireland, and Scotland. Do you know what a hanfu is? Who would dress in a salwar kameez? And where would you live if you wore a kufi? Authors Olivia Lauren, a nine year old from Connecticut, and Melissa-Sue John, a Jamaican born psychology professor, aided by teenage illustrators Simonne-Anais Clarke and Zachary-Michael Clarke, have teamed up to produce Book 5 in the Olivia Lauren Series.
This well-written volume, with very bold and colorful illustrations which will easily catch a child’s attention, will not only satisfy children’s curiosity about fashion, tradition, and the significance of clothing but also help to increase their vocabulary. In the back there are some thought questions and a glossary. If you are into multi-culturalism with varying traditions and fashions, you will appreciate the diversity of this book. There are even some Muslim women, one in a burqa and another in a hijab. Other books in the series include Olivia Lauren’s Occupations A to Z: A Children’s Guide to Jobs and Careers (Volume 1); Olivia Lauren’s Guide to Becoming an Actor (Volume 2); Olivia Travels: A Guide to Modes of Transportation, Olivia Lauren (Volume 3); and Olivia Connects: A Guide to Modes of Communication (Volume 4).