Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark

Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark

by Geoff Waring
     
 

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A first science book that introduce young readers to core science concepts through fresh, graphic illustrations, engaging stories, and supplemental activity suggestions.

As Oscar the kitten watches the sun set one evening, he has lots of questions about light and dark. Who better than Moth to help out? Moth shows how sources of light are as different as the

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A first science book that introduce young readers to core science concepts through fresh, graphic illustrations, engaging stories, and supplemental activity suggestions.

As Oscar the kitten watches the sun set one evening, he has lots of questions about light and dark. Who better than Moth to help out? Moth shows how sources of light are as different as the sun, stars, fireflies, streetlights, and airplanes, and also explains how shadows are made and why darkness comes at night. Includes lesson summaries!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
One evening as night is falling, Oscar the ever-curious cat asks a moth where the sun is going. The moth explains that the sun stays right where it is. The earth is moving. Oscar is amazed to learn that the turning earth causes morning, lunchtime, and evening. The moth flies toward a lamp, explaining that when it is dark, light comes from sources other than the sun. In addition to the lamp, they see streetlights and the lights of an airplane. They discuss why stars can only be seen at night. When Oscar spots some fireflies, the moth talks about creatures that create their own light, such as Malaysian land snails, crystal jellyfish, and anglerfish. Oscar discovers shadows and plays with his for a bit before falling asleep. A two-page chart at the end of the book summarizes the information and an index aids in finding specific facts. Bold illustrations with simple lines depict Oscar with huge eyes and alert expressions as he learns more about the world around him. Part of the “Start with Science” series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Oscar, an inquisitive young cat, has all kinds of questions about the world around him, but he gets his information from rather unlikely sources. In the first book, Frog explains how tadpoles grow into frogs, and that many creatures lay eggs to produce their young. Then he moves on to plants and the production of seeds. Finally, there are creatures like Oscar, he explains, who come from their mothers. Next, a moth tells him how the Earth spins, creating day and night. She explains how light is warm, that days are always warmer than nights. She explains why stars are only visible at night and how some animals, like fireflies, make their own light. Then she tells him how shadows are made. Waring offers up a lot of information in these books, and each one includes a summary of the concepts on the last spread. The illustrations, done in a cartoon style, were digitally created and colored in flat tones. These starter books might send children off in search of more detailed information. Adequate, but nothing special.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763640316
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
Start with Science Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
347,783
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Geoff Waring has worked as a graphic designer and is the author-illustrator of BLACK MEETS WHITE. He says that the Oscar books are based on his own cat, Oskar. He lives in London.

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