byEdward Martin Polansky Illustrated by Jean Rosow
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“”Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.”” The sound sent a chill up my back. Was that the wind? I looked over the side of the nest. All I saw were paw prints in the snow. They were all around the tree. Then I saw him, staring straight at me with his great big gapping mouth, the glare of the sun flashing off his pointed white teeth. A timber wolf!”
Oscar the Osprey is one of those must-read children's chapter books that teach kids how to get over embarrassment and humiliation, inspire others, and understand what self-acceptance means. It’s one of those how-to books for kids that teachers can use to show their students how to overcome challenges in life and teach the consequences of lying.
Unable to fly over the mountains, Oscar finds himself alone, left behind to fend for himself in a bitterly cold winter in the Tetons. Will he adapt to the challenges in his life and learn how to overcome the humiliation he faces for having an unusual flying technique that isn’t how an Osprey is supposed to fly? Or will he give up and fail to learn how to overcome challenges in his life?
Join Oscar as he meets other animals in the forest, challenges his elders, and unexpectedly learns how to inspire others. Elementary kids will learn about self-acceptance and see that everyone must overcome challenges.
“A charming tale about deceit’s tangled web with textured, kinetic illustrations.”
- Kirkus Reviews
If you’re looking for an artfully illustrated must-read chapter book or a how-to book for children, Oscar The Osprey: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights delivers both.
About the Author
Edward Martin Polansky
Edward Martin Polansky is a Certified Public Accountant in San Antonio and has been in public practice for over forty years with Ernst & Young, with his own firm, and with a regional accounting firm, Weaver and Tidwell LLP. He currently is Of Counsel with Weaver and consults with individuals and businesses on tax and financial planning matters. During his career he has written for various technical publications and lectured on numerous professional topics. Oscar the Osprey is his initial effort as an author of a children’s book, although he has had an avid interest in children’s literature ever since he worked in the children’s department of the Corpus Christi Texas Public Library while in high school and college.
Jean Rosow interprets objects and scenes around her—from the serene elegance of a tropical courtyard to the subtle details of a passing sailboat. The artist studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1966. Since then she has been making her pen-and-ink sketches and watercolor paintings across the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and the former USSR. Her award-winning works are displayed in galleries, homes, and places of business in many states. Her clients include private individuals, corporations, advertising agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband.