Olanna’s big day


This story is about a girl named Olanna who is getting ready to play in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Olanna loves getting parcels from Nigeria from her grandmother, who sends her many scarves to keep her warm. During the Saint Patrick’s Day, Olanna comes to the rescue with one of her favourite scarves.


The book resists gendered stereotypes and depicts and celebrates diversity in Ireland. Olanna is presented as a strong and interesting young girl, with great curiosity about the world around her, and deeply-felt connections to Ireland and Nigeria. Olanna comes to the rescue during the St. Patrick’s Day parade, emphasising the importance of a young girl’s contribution. The books representation of diversity is gentle and inclusive.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): Mac a'Bháird, Natasha

Illustrator(s): Forkan, Ray

Publisher: The O'Brien Press

City: Dublin

Year: 2009

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9781847171719

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Diversity, Female characters, Interculture

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