"Perfect day for a half birthday,"
says Oscar's dad.
The birthday boy waves his wet fists.
"And a picnic," says Oscar's mom.
Oscar is six months old today, but the truth is that no one can wait for his whole birthday. So there's nothing else for Mom and Dad to do but pack some sandwiches, park Oscar in his stroller, and take older sister Millie — handmade fairy wings attached — to the "half country" of their urban park for a half-birthday party. As always in the warm, quirky world of Bob Graham, the joy is in the details — a stop in a graffitied tunnel as the train rushes overhead; the expressions on Oscar's face as he watches a single leaf fall; the little half candle on his cake; and the impromptu gathering of admiring park visitors who join, one by one, in the hearty birthday song. With his jaunty watercolors full of charming surprises and a gently humorous text, Bob Graham creates an endearing, unconventional family readers will be happy to meet, and they'll be tickled to join in their celebration.
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.35(d)|
|Age Range:||2 - 6 Years|
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The artwork is what makes this book. The story is a little plain but the pictures depict a multi-cultural family. They live in a city with graffiti and grime. The visit a park filled with all of the multi-cultural aspects a city can offer. And they celebrate a 1/2 birthday simply because they can.
This very sweet story is a celebration of baby Oscar's half birthday. Oscar's parents and older sister decide it's a perfect day for a birthday. They pack a lunch and set off for the park, first pushing Oscar in his stoller through the city. Once at the park, they bring out a cake for Oscar. Everyone at the park is thrilled to see the baby and they all join in to sing "Happy Birthday."
Good story but a little long for storytime. Oscar and his family go on a picnic for his half birthday(6 months old). Everyone on the hillside sings with his family, they take a bath when they get home. A nice sweet day, love the fact that it is a mixed race family.
Very fun story, wit ha progressive storyline that culminates in a super picknick type celebration for a half birthday. Somewhat funny in that it can entertain a child and make an adult chuckle, which really adds to the reading bond between parent and child, making reading enjoyable for both parties. I wish I had a celebration like this halfway between my birthdays! It was quite the adventure for a young listener that hasn't experienced much of the world. The art work was sufficient as well. I would highly recommend it to listeners that have an attention span of greater than 5 minutes though, some pages can be wordy for a picture book.