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Olivia - Anyone got this book and got too much time on their hands?

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culturemulcher Mon 20-Jun-11 12:57:38

... and a fast typist?

I bought a pile of books at a second-hand book fair yesterday. One of the books was a lovely, brand new, hard-back copy of 'Olivia' - the book about the pig who goes to the art gallery.

I was delighted as I've been meaning to buy it for the DC... but it was only when I home that I realised that the copy I've bought is in Italian confused. As none of us can do more than order a plate of spaghetti in Italian, I wondered if anyone had this book and would be willing ...

this is a HUGE favour...

to send me the 34 sentences that make up the story?

I know this is an enormous favour to ask, but it seems a shame to waste the book when I could write in the English version <penny pincher emoticon>. I wouldn't ask just anyone, but MNers are a fantastic bunch <fawn, fawn> grin

scrappydappydoo Mon 20-Jun-11 13:23:10

This is Olivia
She is good at lots of things.
She is very good at wearing people out
She even wears herself out.
Olivia has a little brother called Ian.
He is always copying.
Sometimes Ian just won't leave her alone, so Olivia has to be firm.
Olivia lives with her mother, her father, her brother, her dog perry and Edwin the cat.
In the morning, after she gets up, and moves the cat... and brushes her teeth, and combs her ears, ....and moves the cat,
Olivia gets dressed.
She has to try on everything.
On sunny days, Olivia likes to go to the beach.
She feels it's important to come prepared.
Last summer when Olivia was little, her mother showed her how to make sand castles.
She got quite good.
Sometimes Olivia likes to bask in the sun.
When her mother sees that she's had enough they go home.
Every day Olivia is supposed to take a nap.
'It's time for your "you-know-what" her mother says.
Of course Olivia is not all sleepy.
On rainy days, Olivia likes to go to the museum.
She goes straight for her favourite painting.
Olivia looks at it for a long time.
What could she be thinking?
But there is one painting that just won't do.
"I could do that in about five minutes", she says to her mother.
As soon as she gets home she has a go.
Time to think.
After a nice bath, and a nice dinner, it's time for bed.
But of course Olivia's not at all sleepy.
"Only five books tonight, Mummy" she says
"No Olivia just one"
"How about four?"
"Two"
"Three"
"oh all right, three. But that's it!"
When they've finished reading. Olivia's mother gives her a kiss and says "you know you really wear me out. But I love you anyway"
And Olivia gives her a kiss back and says "I love you too!"

culturemulcher Mon 20-Jun-11 14:04:12

Scrappydappydoo shock

I really thought I was pushing my luck. Wow. You're my hero.

Thank you so much.

Here - have a brew and a biscuit. You've earned it!

Or maybe a wine...

I love MN grin

scrappydappydoo Mon 20-Jun-11 14:34:39

Meh! I was bored! Will take the wine and chocolate though !

culturemulcher Mon 20-Jun-11 16:12:57

I'm really looking forward to reading it at bedtime.

Cheers wine

MissM Wed 22-Jun-11 20:03:02

At the end Olivia says 'I love you anyway too'. It's the 'anyway' that always kills me!

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