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Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) by Mary Pope Osborne
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A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said by Richard Bowes
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Little Band by James Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Oscar and the Cricket by Geoff Waring
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House #25) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi
"Star-Crossed" by Tim Sullivan
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan
Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus
Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale

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Comments for Oscar and the Cricket

Oscar and the Cricket: 07/04/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Oscar the cat is the lead character in a series of educational picture books by Geoff Waring. Each one teaches a new concept through an illustrated Socratic method. Oscar and the Cricket teaches the basic physics of movement.

I personally love the art style and the gentle approach to teaching basic science concepts. I thought since the book features an adorable cat that my daughter would like the book. She unfortunately saw right through the cute pictures to the lesson at hand. She was not impressed. She is going through an escapist literature run right now and nonfiction isn't on her radar.

If you though have children who constantly ask questions about their world but maybe aren't ready for the longer nonfiction books in the children's library, I recommend the Oscar books.

The Oscar books include:

  • Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound (2006)
  • Oscar and the Bird: A Book About Electricity (2009)
  • Oscar and the Cricket: A Book About Moving and Rolling (2006)
  • Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing (2007)
  • Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark (2007)
  • Oscar and the Snail: A Book About Things That We Use (2009)

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Comment #1: Sunday, July, 4, 2010 at 15:18:32

Buffy @ Situations Where You May Need It

Oooh!! I'd seen one or two of them and thought they were cool and then promptly forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder!



Comment #2: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 18:35:51

Pussreboots

You're welcome. It was a cute and educational book. I think my son would have liked it if he were younger. I had hoped my daughter would like it but she passed on it.