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Oscar and the Cricket: 07/04/10

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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


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.

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