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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589250850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250857
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,066,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Oscar Slimeglider is an unhappy snail, "tired of sleeping all day....fed up with eating all night....bored with being greenish-grayish-brownish." He dreams of being famous, so he consults the Wise Old Snail, who says that Oscar is going to need some magic to be a star, since he has no talents. The Fairy Godsnail grants him three wishes. He asks to be beautiful, but that makes him appetizing to a hungry bird. He requests that he be bigger than the bird, but he ends up bigger than "six buses glued together" and everyone is afraid of him. His last wish is to be ordinary again and return to his old life. Oscar finds that he can be famous by doing something heroic to help another creature. Children will be delighted by the exuberant illustrations. The narrative is less stimulating than the artwork, but the message is clear. This thin story could be used as a discussion-starter about what makes people heroes, combined with books about individuals whose fame derives from their inner values and leadership.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Oscar Slimeglider wants to be famous. He is tired of being ordinary Oscar. He's bored with a snails diet and greenish-grayish-brownish color. He expresses this to his parents and they simply reply, "Your 25 brothers and sisters never complain."
Oscar ventures out to get advice from the Wise Old Snail. He asks Oscar if he can paint, dance or play the guitar and Oscar shakes head. He can't. So desperate to become famous Oscar cries out to Fairy Godsnail. He is granted 3 wishes. You will have to read the story to see if Oscar becomes famous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Ordinary Oscar" is a charming child's picture book about Oscar, a snail with theatrical dreams and ambitions. Oscar wants to be Hollywood famous! Misunderstood by his slimy family, Oscar goes to the Wise Old Snail for guidance. He is asked if he has special talents? No? Well in that case a bit of magic will have to help out! Oscar is directed to summon his Fairy Godsnail who will grant him three wishes! But his first wish (to be spectacular) gets him into trouble, as he is nearly eaten for dinner by a hungry bird! Quick, Oscar, make another wish! OK, now he is Oscar the giant spectacular snail, scaring the population, unable to hide, and finding no friends. Guess what his next wish is? To go home to his mom and dad (who have been awfully worried about him) and very ordinary family. Amazingly enough, even an "ordinary snail can do extraordinary things." "Ordinary Oscar" closes with a fabulous news clipping praising Oscar Slimeglider for rescuing his mom, Gertrude, from being buried by shifting soil. The brilliantly colorful, imaginative illustrations of "Ordinary Oscar" will help deliver unforgettable punch to the story appeal for children age 2 and up.
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By Karen S. Shull on April 20, 2013
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I teach third grade and needed a book and activity to do with our kindergarten buddy class. This was perfect to teach kids to be yourself and your best qualities will shine.
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