Olivia and the babies book
OLIVIA and the Babies by Jodie ShepherdBliss speaks with author Olivia Gordon, whose new book The First Breath documents the history of neonatal care. Journalist Olivia Gordon was 29 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed that her baby boy was critically ill, his lymphatic system failing. Despite in utero surgery, her son still arrived prematurely and spent five months in neonatal care. A: I'm a journalist and when my baby was born critically ill and spent his first five months in neonatal care. As the years went by, I started writing more and more about the experiences of sick children and their families and doctors. I wanted to understand how my son's life had been saved and how modern medicine had got him here. It was a story that needed to be uncovered and told — not just my own neonatal story, but those of other families, and the doctors and nurses and scientists, too.
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My 4-year-old son is constantly on the move. She takes everything to the extreme. She changes her outfit 50 times before she gets dressed. She hates naps and frolics in her bedroom when she should be sleeping. Her family goes to the art museum, where she spots a Jackson Pollock and says she could paint something just like it in five minutes. Then, she goes home and paints all over her bedroom wall. There is no doubt that Olivia is the star of her own show, and there is a never a point in the book where her energy is stifled or she is told to be less of herself.
Olivia is a fictional pig character in a series of children's books written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. The Olivia book series was inspired by Ian Falconer's niece, Olivia. The series is different from many children's picture books because of its stark minimalism. Inspired by the style of Dr. Seuss , Falconer chose to draw uncluttered images in black and white with the occasional splash of red, along with the insertion of real artwork by famous artists — Degas and Pollock , for example. Each book in the series explores the use of another signature color in addition to the original black, white and red images.
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