Oskar and the Eight Blessings is a wonderful story about the kindness of strangers during the darkest of times. On the 7th day of Hanukkah, which also coincided with Christmas Eve, Oskar arrives in New York City. He is a refugee who escaped the horrors of Nazi Europe. Oskar carries with him an address and an outdated photo of his Aunt Esther. He makes his way from lower Manhattan to the north of the city encountering many acts of kindness and generosity from strangers along the way.
The illustrations, by Mark Siegel, are beautiful, organized into panels reminiscent of a comic book. They contribute to the pace of the story and bring the action to life.
His journey reminds him of his father’s words, “People can be good.” Just then he sees his Aunt Esther. They share a touching reunion filled with sadness and grief, but also a glimmer of hope.
Oskar and the Eight Blessings is a touching story that takes place during a horrendous time in history. It teaches the reader that even in the darkest times people can help lift one another up. This book is perfect for kids ages 4-8.
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