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Oscar's Half Birthday [Paperback]

Bob Graham
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3 Nov 2008
The day Oscar turns six months old, Mum, Dad and Millie decide to celebrate. They take coat-hanger fairy wings, three tuna sandwiches and a chocolate cake with half a candle, and set off across the city for a picnic on Bellevue Hill. Once there, all the other people in the park join in for a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" in this warm, gentle story of a family celebration on an urban, autumn day.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (3 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140630686X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406306866
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An enchanting early picture book from the creator of Max, 2000 Smarties Gold Prize Winner and CBC Early Childhood Book of the Year Honour Book.

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Bob Graham is Australia’s leading picture-book-maker and winner of the Smarties Prize Gold Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting story that make you think differently 23 May 2009
Format:Paperback
Enchanting story that make you think differently of life in high rise flats!
Wonderful illustrations and so refreshing to know that happy ever after ending don't always mean that
you must live in the leafy suburbs with a detached house and a large garden. My 2 year old son was
transfixed with this every bedtime. I'm off to track down more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out from the book-crowd 8 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a gorgeous story and just that bit different - the setting, the characters, the story that unfolds, all are lovely. I find this book draws me in each time I read it and my son loves it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet enchantment 11 Jan 2006
By Brenda G. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A young couple, along with their little daughter and their dog, celebrate their baby son's six month birthday with a picnic in a city park.

This story brought a long, slow, quiet smile to my face. Memories of my own days as a young parent came flooding back. This is a very simple story about family love and a sense of community. The patient, indulgent parents obviously enjoy their two little children, which makes reading the text and looking at the pictures a joy. The illustrations are lovely and uncluttered, I like that both the beauty and the gritty reality of the city are shown. (My only change would be to show more diversity among the people in the park - I was disappointed that everyone was white. City populations are generally much more colorful!)

Many picture books are full of weird creatures, slam-bang action, and excitement. But to a 3 year old child, the world is still so new and big that everyday life is already exciting - watching traffic, seeing planes in the sky, a leaf falling, taking a walk over a bridge and under the train tracks - these are wondrous things for a very little person. "Oscar's Half Birthday" captures this enchantment perfectly. This would make fine bedtime reading for small children, and big people too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle family times 6 Aug 2006
By Snow Wildsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This sweet, light little book is as airy as angel food cake and just as delightful. There's not a lot of story, just a simple tale of a family outing. Oscar's family is loving and caring and the depiction of almost-4-year-old Millie is very accurate.

"She wears coat-hanger fairy wings on her back and a dinosaur puppet on her hand. She's excited and the dinosaur squeezes Oscar's arm. 'Careful, Millie,' says Mom. 'A little more fairy and not so much dinosaur,' says Dad. 'But he's so CUTE,' says Millie. "I know," says Dad..."

An added bonus is that Oscar and his family are multi-racial, something not often seen in children's books. As a person from a rather...funky family myself, I also liked that Mom has cornrows and Dad sports a ponytail, but both are shown as loving, caring parents who act as any other parent does. A book that can be enjoyed by families of all types, especially if the older sibling is very excited about their new brother or sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace... 16 Oct 2006
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's nice to see a picturebook set in an dingy, urban environment for once, rather than the endless procession of books set in idyllic, pastoral New England farmhouses with smiling, priveleged, upper-middle class nuclear families. Nice, too, that this hip, young "nontraditional" family is completely loving and sweet, and that the urban setting isn't used as a backdrop to hash out some social issues or whatever. City folks can have joyful lives, too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute! 24 Mar 2013
By Shirley S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My small daughter and I very much enjoyed this very sweet book about a little boy and his family's way of celebrating his 6 month birthday. I loved the portrayal of a bi-racial couple and the simple joy of their celebration of their child. The love was apparent, and the celebration of their lifestyle was refreshing. They embrace their city life, gather in the park with their fellow city-goers and enjoy the brightness of the day. It's a nice story about enjoying the small pleasures of life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book for my family. 16 Jan 2013
By Javaughn Fernanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Finally, a book featuring a multi-ethnic family that is not about "being" a multi-ethnic family. Instead, Oscars Half Birthday follows Oscar, his mom,dad and big sister on a very regular outing on a special day. If you're thinking of ideas for a party then follow Oscar's family as they pack lunch,take a walk, observe the city and nature then meet friends to celebrate Oscar.

If you believe there is beauty in simplicity you will adore this colorfully illustrated but not overly produced book. There are a few details--Dad's low rise pants and mom's cornrows. This book is a cherished book for us by a loving friend of our unique family
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