Oskar's parents send him away to American to escape the horror of the Nazi's. When Oskar arrives, he must make his way through New York City to find his Aunt Esther. This book celebrates to good will of the human spirit during Hanukkah, Christmas and every day of the year.
From School Library Journal: On the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1938, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, a young refugee boy named Oskar arrives in New York City from the horrors of Nazi Europe with only a photograph and an address to find an aunt he has never meet. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his aunt's home in the north end of the city, he passes and encounters the city's many holiday sights and residents. Each person he meets offers Oskar a small act of kindness, such as the newsstand man who gives Oskar a Superman comic book. Each encounter is a reference to an event which took place in the city in 1938. A constant for Oskar is remembering his father's last words, "Oskar, even in bad times, people can be good. You have to look for the blessings." The majority of illustrations are presented in variously sized panels that move the story along, with inserts of long panel illustrations that serve as a glimpse of Oskar's experiences. VERDICT A wonderful, heartwarming picture book for any library at any time of year.
I have created 20 Book Extension Activities to go along with this book. These activities are NO PREP (aside from making copies).
Making Connections Pre-Reading Activity
Let’s Take a Picture Walk
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Question Answer Key
Compare and Contrast Oskar and You
Postcard to Home
Finding the Good – Identifying how each of Oskar’s Eight Blessings Changed Him
Making Connections – Text to Self
Making Connections _ Text to Text
Making Connections – Text to World
What do you think? Writing Activity
All About Oskar
A,B.C’s of Blessings
Identifying Problem and Solution