Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature
A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city's many holiday sights, and encounters it various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness, welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life in the new world. This is a heartwarming, timeless picture book.
|Publisher:||Roaring Brook Press|
|File size:||71 MB|
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|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Tanya Simon (with her husband, Richard Simon) is a co-author of the children's novel Zora and Me, winner of a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. She and her husband live in Westchester, New York.
Richard Simon and Tanya Simon are a husband-and-wife writing team. Richard is chair of the language department at an independent school and is co-author of a successful off-Broadway play. Tanya is co-author of the children's novel Zora and Me, winner of a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. They live in Westchester, New York. Oskar and the Eight Blessings is their first picture book.
Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in France. He graduated from Brown and lives in New York.
Mark is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including Seadogs, Long Night Moon, To Dance, Moving House, and Sailor Twain, which author John Irving called “a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanced by haunting, erotically charged artwork.” Mark’s latest project is the collaborative graphic novel 5 Worlds, an epic science-fiction series for young readers. The New York Times Book Review hails it as “ . . . a bang-zoom start to a series that promises to be epic in both the classical and internet senses of the word. . . this is a capital-S Saga.”
Mark is also the founder, and Creative and Editorial Director of First Second Books, Macmillan’s graphic novel house. First Second offers an ambitious collection in every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles, with talent from all over the world. First Second has garnered an unmatched array of literary awards, starred reviews and bestsellers—including for the original works of National Book Award Finalist and Printz Winner Gene Luen Yang, and beloved bestselling titles such as This One Summer, Real Friends, Spill Zone, The Adventure Zone and many more. Mark has appeared before thousands of librarians and educators to speak about the graphic novel renaissance.
Mark has given lectures and workshops internationally and all around North America, for authors, artists, librarians, students, executives in many venues, at tradeshows, companies, Comic Cons, and animation studios, including Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Disney, and Pixar, for both creative and executives.
More at www.marksiegelbooks
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Oskar and the Eight Blessings" is a beautiful book for children of all ages and backgrounds which hints at the threat of the Holocaust in the background yet finds kindness and blessings throughout the story. It is intricately woven with references to historic characters and classic New York experiences. For all the dangers which could be lurking, Oscar, who was taught by his parents to believe in blessings, finds them on his long way to safety.