Monday, July 26, 2010

Oscar and the Moth

Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark. Geoff Waring. 2007. Candlewick. 32 pages.

One summer evening, Oscar lay on the warm back step.
Moth was just waking up. "Where does the sun go at night?" Oscar asked her.
"It doesn't go anywhere" Moth answered, "but the Earth is always turning around. Now it's turning slowly away from the sun."
Oscar was surprised.
"I'm not turning around!" he said.
"We can't feel it," Moth said, "but we can see it. When our side of the Earth turns toward the sun, it gets light. And when it turns away again, it gets dark."

Oscar is a curious kitten who stars in Geoff Waring's Start with Science series published by Candlewick Press. In this adventure, Oscar learns about light and dark from his friend Moth. He learns about different sources of lights. He learns about how light produces heat. He learns about shadows too. The book has its fictional elements--talking animals--but it is informative.

Oscar and the Moth and Oscar and the Frog are my two favorite books in the series. The series is designed to present basic concepts to children about the world around them in an age-appropriate way.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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