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Olga da Polga

By Michael Bond
Illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Published by Oxford University Press


Price £8.99
Publisher Oxford University Press

Life from a guinea pig’s viewpoint. These stories are charming but also enable deeper thinking and enquiry, for example the chapter ‘Olga Starts a Rumour’ encourages questioning about science and the environment. Olga is an imaginative storyteller – she has a tale about why guinea pigs have no tails. Catherine Rayner is known for her illustrations which portray animals that talk like humans without anthropomorphising their appearance. The design means that the illustrations are fully integrated with the text in a way that is rarely found in chapter books.