Molly, Olive, and Dexter Play Hide-and-Seek

Molly, Olive, and Dexter Play Hide-and-Seek
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July 04, 2023
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Kate Greenaway Medal winner Catherine Rayner introduces readers to a trio of animal friends in a warmly humorous story offering reassurance that true friends don’t stray far.

Meet Molly the hare, Olive the owl, and Dexter the fox, three friends who live near the oak tree at the edge of the meadow. Hide-and-seek is Molly’s favorite game, but things aren’t going her way. For starters, Olive and Dexter don't seem to know the rules. And when Molly shows her friends how to play properly, they hide a little too well. Set in a delicately rendered pastoral world of soft color and shimmering line, here is a picture book that tackles outsize toddler emotions with sensitivity and whimsy. Make way for the singular Molly, Olive, and Dexter—ready or not, here they come!

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Molly loves to play hide-and-seek and talks her friends Olive and Dexter into playing it with her. But after Molly counts, she learns the two aren't very good at hiding. They're very easy to spot and this upsets Molly. She instructs them to hide where she can't see them. The two take her advice and while Molly counts, they find the best hiding spot where even Molly struggles to seek them.

MOLLY, OLIVE, AND DEXTER PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK is a story about friendship and how they are always there for you even when you think they aren't. It's about fun activities to do together and how true friendship lasts forever. The illustrations are simple water color style with unique shading. I love how the animals are each from a different species yet they enjoy one another's company.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children aged four and up who love animals and stories about friendship. It also encourages children to play hide-and-seek with their friends.
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