November 22, 2017

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard & Tanya Simon | SLJ Review

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Oskar_coverSIMON, Richard & Tanya Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. illus. by Mark Siegel. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439498.
PreS-Gr 2–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.–Diane Olivo-Posner Los Angeles Public Library

This review was published in School Library Journal’s October issue.

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