Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I love today’s featured book!
When I was growing up, we lived with my grandmother who had sailed to America when she was a teenager. She told me stories of those early days in New York City and so, when I read OSCAR’S AMERICAN DREAM, it brought back happy memories.
OSCAR’S AMERICAN DREAM
Written by Barry Wittenstein
Illustrated by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell
Published by Schwartz & Wade
Themes: Diversity, neighborhoods, immigrants
Synopsis: From Amazon:
If you want to see 20th century American history unfold before your eyes, stand on a city street corner and watch it change! It all starts when an immigrant named Oscar opens a barber shop…
When Oscar lands on Ellis Island, he has only a suitcase and a down payment in his hands. And he has a dream– to own his own barbershop. After it opens on the corner of Front St. and Second Ave, Oscar’s barbershop becomes a beloved local fixture… until the day Oscar decides to move on and become a subway conductor. Over the years, this barbershop will change hands to become a lady’s clothing store, then a soup kitchen. A coffee shop follows, then the space becomes an army recruitment center, then a candy shop. As the years pass and the world changes, the proud corner store stands tall, watching American history unfold around it. Barry Wittenstein and debut husband-and-wife illustration team Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell tell the rich, fascinating story of key moments in American history, as reflected through the eyes–and the patrons–of the corner store.
Why I love this book:
- Powerful look at how a neighborhood changes – and how it stays the same.
- Fabulous illustrations – vivid and diverse.
- I grew up on the Lower East Side of NYC and passed Front Street and Second Avenue many times – turning the pages of this book was like walking down memory lane.
Make a Map of Your Neighborhood
Take a walk around your neighborhood…then help your child draw a map showing where the streets are and where your house is and any other landmarks – stores, library, post office, bookstore, etc. For detailed instructions: https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/makemapstreasuremapscraftsideasdecorationskids.html
Click this link for a wonderful teacher/parent guide with activities for kids
OSCAR’S AMERICAN DREAM is Barry Wittenstein’s latest picture book…you won’t want to miss it! You can buy it, review it, tell your friends about it, and ask your library to purchase copies for their shelves.
For more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please visit Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…please stay safe and well!