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Oscar and the Snail: A Book About Things That We Use Paperback – 7 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406319732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406319736
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 0.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Geoff Waring's beautiful picture book [gives] enough information to satisfy a thirst for information within pictures that are full of the wonder that lies behind the science." The Guardian on Oscar and the Moth"

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A lively introduction to a Key Stage 1 Science topic - materials and their properties

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silverfish-7 on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bought Oscar books as gift for friend's 3 year old son. They are beautifully illustrated and educational at the same time. They were v well received. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a great series of books, popular with our three year old and fun to read.

This one is about materials. Oscar finds a nest and talks to Snail about the materials that birds use to build their nests. A feather blows away and floats in a bowl of water so they talk about sinking and floating. They discuss different types of stones and that all stones are heavy. It starts to rain and they go in a greenhouse to keep dry and discuss that glass is strong and clear and how glass is made. They then discuss other materials - wood, oil, wheat, wool, clay.

Again, like the rest of the series, they are pitched at a good level for 3/4 year olds with about the right level of detail and are a good starting point for talking about the topics in them.
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Format: Hardcover
Our son loves this. We got it for him when he was just over 3 and it's been picked up often over the last 10 months. The illustrations are appealing, the story is entertaining and interesting and as parents, it's nice to have a book like this to guide learning. Great series.
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By Harrysmum on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
My boy loves these oscar books - great for inquisitive little minds wanting to know how things work.
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An adorable little....misrepresentation of science. 15 April 2014
By btmentalfitness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved the Oscar character and his gentleness, his curiosity, and his wonder. He's so eager to explore the world around him and the rules that give it form and pattern--natural science. That's why I was so bitterly disappointed that this book doesn't actually teach him any science. It teaches science facts--the residue, or byproduct, of science--but it completely ignores the process that gives us those facts. The facts are presented as a series of just-so-stories from an omniscient secondary character, without any exploring or verification of the claims. At the one point where Oscar actually tries to explore the concept of why things float or sink, the snail cuts his exploration short by just telling him the underlying principle--and gets the principle WRONG!

I'm reminded of George Carlin: “It turned out I was pretty good in science. But again, because of the small budget, in science class we couldn't afford to do experiments in order to prove theories. We just believed everything. Actually, I think that class was called Religion." Science is a process that runs on doubt and experimentation; facts are just the residue. What we have here is a book that heaps residue on you while ignoring the process that would allow you to understand it.

Stick to Curious George. He explores, tries things that work or don't, and learns by experimentation. Oscar just swallows whatever he's told without any such messiness.
LOVE this book! 20 Nov. 2012
By ashleyz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Our little family loves this book! Great illustrations for young readers, and great scscience concepts as they get a little older. I would highly recommend this book to any family! It is one of our favorites!
Great series or books 26 Nov. 2013
By Veggie mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love these oscar books. They are a perfect entry into science for my 4 yr old. Education and fun at the same time.
Love it! 16 Oct. 2014
By C - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book in an wonderful series!!
Five Stars 20 May 2015
By Kim U - Published on Amazon.com
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Great series of science books!
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