Written by
Natasha Mac a'Bháird
Illustrated by
Ray Forkan
Olanna's Big Day

How can Olanna help when disaster strikes in the St. Patrick's Day Parade?


Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2011


White Raven - 2009


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32 pages
260x197 mm
Category Children's fiction
Series Bridges

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There’s great excitement when the school band is chosen to march in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Olanna practises really hard on her tin whistle. At last the big day arrives and they line up with the stilt-walkers, the bagpipers, the dancing leprechauns.

Then disaster strikes.

But Olanna – and her granny back in Nigeria – saves the day!

A new series of books for modern, multi-cultural Ireland for children aged 6-8

Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the bestselling wedding planning guide, The Irish Bride’s Survival Guide and her latest book is The Irish Bridesmaid's Guide. Her first two children’s books, Missing Ellen and Olanna’s Big Day, were both chosen for the White Ravens Collection.

'distinctively illustrated by artists from the Cartoon Saloon'

Books Ireland

'well-written, entertaining and enlightening stories for children'

Books Ireland

'a handsome collection of full-colour picture books'

Books Ireland

'particularly attractive … for reading aloud in class'

Inis Magazine

'highly recommended'

Inis Magazine

'a timely series that will be invaluable both in the school and home environment … these thought-provoking books will be of immense value to teachers, parents and of course children'

Inis Magazine

'a dramatic colour palette and quirky characters make for arresting illustrations, matched by a heart-warming and somewhat poignant storyline'

Books Ireland

'particularly charming'

Books Ireland

'Editor's Choice' 'attractive and important'

Inis Magazine Winter 2009

'innovative and exciting'

RTE Guide

'appropriate and timely'

Irish Examiner

'aimed at age six and upwards, this excellent and enjoyable non-preachy series … should be in every school'

Irish Examiner

'an excellent and thought-provoking new series of multicultural books from O’Brien'

Sunday Independent

'[Bridges] introduce us to some of the newer cultures in our island in warm and sympathetic fashion'

Sunday Independent

'captivating as well as educational'

Woman's Way

'hopefully they are the first of many in that they ably reflect the ethnic mix that Ireland’s population has now become. Inter-racial and inter-generational, they explore differences in culture and language, and celebrate communication'

Books Ireland

'impressively designed, with bright coloured pictures, well-spaced text and a narrative that uses simple language but in its most effective way'

Books Ireland

'four beautifully written and very colourfully illustrated books'

InTouch Magazine

'could be used in the area of integration, geography and religious studies'

InTouch Magazine

'the text is carefully graded in terms of language'

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