Oscar is a curious little kitten with a lot of questions. Luckily, he also has a variety of friends with a lot of answers. If you happen to have a curious preschooler (like me), then Oscar could be a useful friend for you, too. Oscar and his friends investigage different scientific topics in a kid-friendly way. A section at the end of each book sums up what Oscar, and hopefully your child, has learned.
In Oscar and the Cricket, Oscar and his friend (surprise! a cricket!) learn about moving and rolling by interacting with a ball. Remember those laws of physics from high school? They investigate the same ideas, but in much simpler terms. Instead of “Objects in motion tend to stay in motion,” Oscar learns that the ball rolls straight until something slows it down (grass), stops it (a branch), or knocks it off its path (a tree trunk). They also discover that while the leaves seem to be moving on their own, it’s really the wind moving them. Then they investigate how muscles help animals move in different ways.
In Oscar and the Frog, they learn about how animals change as they grow. From eggs to seeds to live birth, they investigate different life cycles. Besides the different stages of life cycles, they also talk about how long each plant or animal can live and how long it takes to reach maturity.
In Oscar and the Moth, Oscar learns about light and dark. He starts out learning about the sun and the Earth’s rotation causing day and night. Then his friend shows him a light bulb, and they compare it to the sun. They also talk about bioluminescent animals. The book finishes up with a little about shadows before Oscar is worn out and falls asleep.
In Oscar and the Bat, the friends finds out about sound. They meet other animals and learn how those animals make sounds with different parts of their bodies. When they talk about sounds like thunder and rain, they learn about how sounds are louder when they are closer. They also compare the sound of a cow to that of a baby bird to talk about pitch.
reviewed by Jessica