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I have always believed that kids pay attention more, learn more and respond more when the subject in question is something they relate to or enjoy. Sadly, too many kids today relate to bullying, either because they’ve seen people being bullied or because they’ve been bullied themselves. What better gift during the holiday season than one that can help teach children how to be their best self? The ornament can be something to take out and use every year, reminding children about what’s important – human kindness. Oliver the Ornament would make a great gift for any child or family with a child.
Oliver the Ornament
Oliver the Ornament is a seven-book series and related gift-line that celebrates the tradition of Christmas ornaments.Oliver is the first book in the series. The second book in the series, Oliver Meets Belle, was recently introduced.
Each book in the series has three main themes. Those themes include:
- Each tells the story of how the ornaments entered the family’s collection
- Each teaches children the important message of kindness, especially in the face of bullying
- Each ends with a great cliff-hanger, which excites the children for what’s to come
The gift set comes with includes a hand-painted ornament of Oliver and a beautifully illustrated book.
The books focus on kindness and deliver an anti-bullying message that’s resonated in homes and classrooms across the country. It’s a wonderful holiday gift idea for families with young children. The message is particularly important these days as cyber and in-person bullying seems to be on the rise. More than 20 percent of American children experience bullying. For kids with disabilities, the percentage are dramatically higher.
You can buy just a gift set that includes the first book and one hand-painted ornament or buy a small, pre-lit tree and each of the ornaments based on the characters within the books and other items also based on the books. The small tree is perfect for a child’s room, or, the ornaments can be placed on a larger tree either as part of reading the books or just your normal tradition to give small children a role in the family tree-trimming tradition. Gift buying can be spaced out yearly as new books come out.
In just the last two years, Oliver the Ornament:
- was named by People Magazine as one of their Best New Books,
- was featured on Fox & Friends as one of the Hottest Toys of the year,
- was selected by First Lady Melania Trump to be read at 2018’s annual gathering at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. This continued a 70-year tradition begun by Bess Truman.
Oliver Meets Belle (book #2) is $16.95. It is sold in more than 350 stores across the country. The Oliver gift set containing the book and ornament is $29.95. You can also purchase online from the Oliver the Ornament website.