Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks

by Jacky Davis and Giselle Potter

Pekoe is young, spry, and bursting with energy and wonder; Olive is old, tired, and... read more

Pekoe is young, spry, and bursting with energy and wonder; Olive is old, tired, and content to sit and observe. Although the two dogs enjoy different approaches to life, they accept one another’s personalities and enjoy being together. Four short sections describe four different walks humorously rooted in typical dog behavior and perspective. In one, Pekoe offers Olive a stick, but Olive is not interested. In another the two are confused and dismayed at being caught in a sudden downpour and attempt to shelter themselves beneath a bush. Pekoe shakes the water off, but Olive is ready to go home. Later Olive watches, unimpressed, as Pekoe delightedly chases a scampering chipmunk through the woods. Wry, understated text underscores the dogs’ personalities, their different stages in life, and their vastly different reactions to common situations; while watercolor, ink, and color-pencil illustrations show Pekoe in constant motion as Olive rests. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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