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Oscar and the Bird: A Book about Electricity Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406308137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406308136
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Mullins on 10 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a lot of information wrapped up in a neat story. Really nicely illustrated. My Home educated 5 yr old daughter liked it a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sumedha Rao on 19 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
Great book on a difficult subject. Difficult to explain electricity to kids but this very stylish book does a great job of holding a young child's interest.

Having gone this far I wondered if the book could have also put in a few more SHORT explanations- how does lightning happen?, does everything around us actually have electricity? , what happens in a power statition (a small very basic schematic of power generation in a power plant and also a little picture on how wind mills do the job at a VERY BASIC level)?

My four year old did ask me more questions on each of these areas and I am working my own little pictures and notes for her to add into the book.

Also, the SAFETY points should have been highlighted a bit more-" bare wires are dangerous" the bird tells Oscar she should have also added about plug points etc. I feel the author could have devoted an entire page to that with some dramatic pictures.

Overall a great book, I particularly loved the circuit diagram of how the wipers worked - very nicely done. Most importantly for me, it got my child asking so many questions on electricity. I am surprised it really got her interested.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harrysmum on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
My son loves these oscar books, great for little minds wanting to know how things work! nicely illustrated and explained in a way that appeals to young readers.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great series and I've had to read this particular one lots of times to my three year old.

This one starts with Oscar climbing on a tractor when the windscreen wipers start moving. Oscar wonders how that happened and the bird explains to him that it is electricity and that he must have pressed the switch by mistake. The bird goes on to explain what electricity is and the tractor battery where it comes from. The bird then talks about different types of batteries and about electricity flowing through wires, other things that need electricity to work, about electric pylons, power stations, lightning and wind turbines.
It's all fairly basic but probably at the right level for a three or four year old who is curious about electricity.
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By Ozzie on 13 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
Superb book, enlightening, informative and easy to read and understand. Kids loved it and took it into school to help with science
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