This was originally posted on January 28th, 2012.
I love childrens’ books and shows. I also love that Princess A is young and I can still influence what she reads and watches on TV… sort of. I hate Barney and refuse to let her watch it but I wanted her to have a favorite book and show so I decided to try my favorites.
I started out with Sesame Street and I love the new character Abby Cadabby and wanted her to like the character. She likes Abby Cadabby but doesn’t LOVE her. Then I tried Fancy Nancy because I just love the book. Unfortunately, Princess A can not sit through this book. My childhood favorite was Angelina Ballerina. When I read this to Princess A she slammed the book shut.
Then one day we were walking through the book store and saw a pig in a red dress on the front of a book. I picked it up and read it to Princess A. She started cracking up. This was the first time she had ever laughed at a book so I kept reading. I have no idea why Olivia is funny to her… maybe it is the fact that it’s a pig wearing a red dress? But no matter what mood she is in Olivia always makes her laugh.
At first I was upset that she did not not fall in love with a character that I love but the more we read Olivia books the more I also fell in love.
If you do not know Olivia she is a pig and not just any pig she is a headstrong pig who hates naps but loves daydreaming. Loves Degas paintings but hates Picasso paintings. She dreams of being an Opera singer like Maria Callas and always has good intentions but gets in trouble a lot. Olivia also enjoys books, museums, and building sand castles in the shape of the Empire State building. She doesn’t know what she will be when she grows up but knows it will be epic.
My favorite Olivia story is when instead of getting the lead in the school play she gets cast as a cow who only has one line “Moo”. She complains to her dad and he says, “It doesn’t matter what size your part is… it’s what you do with it.” So Olivia made a plan to make the most of her one line. She created a stunt where when she said moo she sang an aria like her favorite opera singer Maria Callas and used a rope to jump over the cardboard moon set piece. Olivia got in trouble with her teacher but it didn’t matter because she had stolen the show.
My favorite part of Olivia is her relationship with her mother. At the end of the original Olivia book, her mom finishes reading her a bedtime story and then says…
“Olivia, you know you really wear me out, but I love you anyway.”
And Olivia says, “I love you anyway too.”
This is exactly how I feel about my little piglet, Princess A which is why even though I wanted to plan a Fancy Nancy or Abby Cadabby party we are having an Olivia party for Princess A’s 1st birthday party. I can’t wait to show you all pictures!
image via OliviathePiglet.com