It all begins with one question: What is a soul?
This leads Oscar down an unexpected path with wonderful, sometimes bizarre, encounters. What does Oscar discover on his search? More importantly, how will Oscar ever find what he is looking for?
Oscar is a naturally inquisitive boy, just as most children are. However, once Oscar asks a question, his interest never wavers. His need for an answer only intensifies until he finally discovers the truth. Oscar gathers clues from chance meetings and unlikely sources. Seeking help from an unusual friend adds to the excitement and adventure, while Oscar learns that all he needs he already has within.
Oscar is the first book of a series.
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By Jennifer Hendrix Laura Schmitt
Balboa PressCopyright © 2012 Jennifer Hendrix and Laura Schmitt
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Chapter OneOscar lies sprawled out on the living room floor, feeling his messy hair between his fingers, thinking. He thinks, and thinks, and thinks some more. The young boy shudders, remembering the scary movie preview he saw the night before, half asleep, wedged between his parents on the couch. The lines replay in his mind as he tries to figure out the meaning of that one word. Finally, he can't wait any longer.
Knowing right where to find her, he jumps up and heads for the kitchen. When he rounds the corner, she's standing at the sink, busy with the dishes. "Mom? What is a soul?" Oscar asks.
She turns to Oscar with her eyes wide in surprise. Oscar is always asking questions, so this is nothing new to his mother; however, she is unsure how to answer this one. She turns to gaze out the window over the sink before she attempts to answer him. After a moment, she says, "I think it's the essence of your life—your spirit."
"What does that mean?" Oscar asks, his face scrunched. "Can I see my soul?"
"That's a wonderful question, but it's hard for me to answer," she says, turning to look at her intently curious son. After peering into his eyes, she says, "Yes, I think you can, Oscar."
"Well, can you see my soul, Mom?"
She smiles at her inquisitive son and replies easily with an enthusiastic "Yes!"
Oscar examines his hands, arms, and legs. Not seeing anything, he runs out of the kitchen to peer into the bathroom mirror, moving his head from side to side, hoping something will appear. When still nothing appears, he runs back into the kitchen and demands, "Well, where is it, Mom? What does it look like? And how do I find it?"
"Oscar, I wish I had an easy answer, but I think this is something you'll have to find for yourself."
"Well, how do I do that?"
She shrugs helplessly and says, "I don't know." As she is saying this, Oscar's face lights up with a look she has seen a thousand times. She sighs, realizing Oscar must have answered his own question already. As Oscar turns from her and heads for the back door, she wonders what kind of mischief he's about to get into. "Where are you off to?" she asks, watching Oscar head out the door.
"I'm going to look for my soul, and I know just where to start!" Oscar shouts over his shoulder before his mother can ask any more questions.
He marches directly to his favorite path behind his house. While he's unsure of what it is he's looking for, he's confident he will find it.
As Oscar reaches the trailhead, he closes his eyes and soaks in the warmth of the sun. He feels a pull of excitement that lunges him into a sprint. He's exhilarated by the breeze his speed creates. He knows he's supposed to be looking for something, but he keeps his lids squeezed tight anyway.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful writing that tells us all a little something about life and the joy of living! Bright and vibrant illustrations compliment the story. Oscar is a treasure!
A young boy, Oscar, leads us on a delightful journey in search, of all things, his soul. We travel beside him as he explores a beautifully illustrated natural world including wonderfully insightful critters, dark forests, sunny fields and burbling rivers. We experience Oscar’s joy and amazement via the expressive story telling of the authors and the colorful entrancing illustrations. Children, parents and grandparents alike will be enthralled by this beautiful book and anxious to read about Oscar’s next “soul searching” adventures.
This is a wonderful magical children's book and is a must read! This book takes you on a search of knowledge through a child's eyes as this sweet little boy try's to find his soul. It truly shows the pure innocence's of children and the adventure this book takes you on is delightful! It is a fun read and would be a great gift to give or to enjoy with your children