Thursday, February 21, 2013
Picture Book Review: Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound
Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound
Written and illustrated by: Geoff Waring
Published by: Walker Books, 2006
* At school my daughter was finishing up a study of sound in science. As part of the end of the unit she was required to make a musical instrument out of household materials. She chose maracas using mini water bottles and beans. They turned out really cute and my husband and I were very proud of her. Although my husband helped her a little with the paper mache and gluing the dowels (for the handles) this was really her idea and vision from start to finish. As a former teacher I've seen projects that have clearly been completed by parents. This was not one of them!
I thought it would be nice to get a book about sound that she might be able to connect with since she's been studying it. Author/illustrator Geoff Waring has written several science books featuring Oscar, an inquisitive kitten, that deal with topics like electricity, light and dark, and growing. This was our first "Oscar" book. After reading it I realize that these books are actually more appropriate for my 4 1/2 year old son, than my almost 7 year old daughter. The book focuses on listening and the different sounds you hear (animal noises, weather, grass blowing in the breeze, vehicle engines) but doesn't really go into much detail about the hows/whys.
For preschool students I think this is a great introduction book. For older kids, probably not so much.
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.
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