Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street) Ok, so not exactly a literary character, we know. But how can we not mention Oscar the Grouch? Oscar is one of the Muppet characters on the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, and created by the brilliantly imaginative Jim Henson. Oscar is the grumpy, misanthropic, trash-can-dwelling green Muppet who hordes meaningless garbage and displays his grouchy disposition throughout his appearances. He has been known to practice random acts of kindness, but they are rare. Rather, he serves as a foil to teach children the importance of kindness and respect, and in particular, tolerance for others.
Oscar the Angel - a song by Randy Travis
Adios, Oscar! A Butterfly Fable (Peter Elwell) - When Oscar the caterpillar discovers that he will one day become a butterfly, he's overjoyed. And his friend Edna the bookworm encourages his hopes of flying to Mexico with the other Monarch butterflies. To prepare, Oscar learns Spanish and dreams of flying through the purple Sierra Madre Mountains. But when Oscar emerges from his cocoon with stubby little wings, a craving for the taste of designer sweaters -- and the urge to take a spin around the bathroom light bulb-- his dreams are dashed. There will be no trip to Mexico for Oscar -- or will there? Yes there will! How Oscar ignores the limitations of being a moth and learns how to dream like a butterfly is inspirational, liberating -- and hilariously funny. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Oscar Wilde) - One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes. Recommended reading for ages 10-14.
Ordinary Oscar (Laura Adkins) - Oscar no longer wants to be just another ordinary snail. He’s bored and wants some excitement. Oscar wants to be FAMOUS! But when a fairy godsnail appears to make his dream come true, Oscar learns to be careful what he wishes for…This hilarious tale about the ups and downs of celebrity is anything but ordinary. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar & Arabella Series (Neal Layton) - Woolly mammoths Oscar and Arabella are inseparable pals who enjoy "leafy strolls through the pine forest." Ormsby, a woolly rhinoceros, wants to join their social circle and starts to vie for Arabella's affections. When Oscar does handstands, Ormsby shows off by "juggling whilst performing handstands, cartwheels, back-flips and whistling a funny tune." The two foes become so engaged in a jealous stamping of feet and bashing of tusks, they don't notice that disgruntled Arabella has wandered off. This book is part of a larger series of books on Oscar and Arabella. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight (Janie Suss) - Oscar and Olive Osprey tells the heartwarming story of two ospreys that come to live at the end of Janie Suss' pier on a platform built just for them. Janie watches as the two ospreys build their nest, raise three babies, and defend themselves and their offspring against predators. In addition to the exciting story, readers learn about ospreys' habitats, migration patterns, and other fun and interesting facts. As the young birds learn to hide, fly, and catch fish-all at a different pace and with different levels of success-children can relate to their own learning experiences. Filled with amazing color photographs, Oscar and Olive Osprey will delight children and parents alike, and inspire an emotional connection between their own lives and the lives of these beautiful creatures. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing (Geoff Waring) - A first science book that introduce young readers to core science concepts through fresh, graphic illustrations, engaging stories, and supplemental activity suggestions. Oscar is a curious kitten, and at the pond he is full of questions about growing things. Luckily, Frog can help with the answers — after all, he’s gone through some impressive changes himself! From butterflies to ducks, plants to kittens like him, Oscar finds out how living things begin, why they eat, and how they grow. Includes lesson summaries! This book is part of a series which also includes the following books: Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound; Oscar and the Cricket: A Book About Moving and Rolling; Oscar and the Snail: A Book About Things That We Use; Oscar and the Bird: A Book about Electricity; Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar and the Mooncats (Lynda Gene Rymond) - Oscar the cat loves his boy. He also loves to climb way up where he can see everything. He jumps onto the fridge, onto the bookshelf, and onto the roof of the garage, but if he jumps just a little bit higher, his view would be out of this world. With the mightiest leap of his life, Oscar makes it all the way to the moon. Oscar makes some new friends there. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar Otter (Nathaniel Benchley) - With the aid of a friendly beaver, a daring little otter saves himself from being eaten by a hungry fox and learns the wisdom of listening to his father’s advice. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar Wilde Stories for Children (P.J Lynch) - Six classic tales for children by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by P.J. Lynch—winner of the Kate Greenaway Award, the Mother Goose Award, and three-time winner of the Christopher Award—and illustrator of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. P.J. Lynch's atmospheric artwork perfectly captures the timeless quality of Oscar Wilde's much loved tales for young readers. This timeless collection includes The Selfish Giant, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Devoted Friend, The Happy Prince, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Young King. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar's Party (Etsuko Watanabe) - Who can resist a birthday party? There are presents to wrap, balloons to blow up, and don't forget the ingredients for the cake. Before long, it's time to celebrate! With more than twenty flaps to open plus wheels to turn, young readers will love helping Oscar's family get ready for his birthday. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar's Spots (Janet Robertson) - Oscar wishes he could get rid of his boring spots. One day he discovers an unusual magic shop and soon becomes a leopard unlike any other. But will Oscar's new look really make him happy? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Oscar, Cat-About-Town (James Herriot) - Oscar is a good-natured stray cat, left by a little girl with the Herriots to be nursed back to health. The country veterinarian and his wife take him into their home, and soon he has become part of their family. But before too long, Oscar starts setting off on his own--running away, only to turn up in the funniest places. Oscar, Cat-About-Town, the newest children's story by James Herriot, is sure to become another classic; illustrated with the rich, colorful artwork of Ruth Brown, it will win the hearts of readers young and old. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Super Oscar (Oscar De La Hoya) - It's Oscar's job to tell everyone what to bring to the neighborhood picnic. But the young daydreamer forgot to hand out the lists. Now there won't be any food or games. But with determination, some lightning-fast moves, and fancy footwork, Oscar saves the day! This humorous story grew out of Oscar De La Hoya's recollection of the neighborhood picnics that were an important part of his own childhood. Super Oscar also features exercise tips and fitness advice. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Talk, Oscar, Please! (Karen Kaufman Orloff) - A dog is a man's (and a child's) best friend--but it's tough when your best friend can only bark, yip, growl, and howl! Young readers will empathize with this sweet and funny story of a boy who begs his dog to talk. Tim Bowers' humorous pictures give a glimpse of what life might be like if dogs could crack jokes, chat on the phone, and even sing lullabies! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Oscar - Oscar I of Sweden (king of Sweden and Norway); Oscar II of Sweden (king of Sweden and Norway); Oscar De La Hoya (boxer); Oscar de la Renta (fashion designer); Oscar Levant (pianist/composer/actor); Oscar Robertson (basketball player); Óscar Romero (martyred priest); Oskar Schindler (German industrialist who saved his Jewish workers from the Holocaust); Oscar Traynor (former commander of the Dublin brigade IRA); Óscar Villarreal (baseball player); Oscar Wilde (Irish writer and poet); Oscar Charleston (baseball player); Oscar Arias Sanchez (Nobel Prize winner, peace); Oscar (soccer player)
Famous People who Named their Son Oscar - Boz Scaggs (musician); Dan Aykroyd (comic/actor); Hugh Jackman (actor); Oscar Arias Sanchez (former president of Costa Rica)
Oskar Schindler (28 Apr 1908 – 9 Oct 1974) - Oskar Schindler is most known for his heroism during WWII when he saved hundreds of Jews in Poland and Czechoslovakia from certain death by employing them in his factory. Born in 1908 in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (now modern-day Czech Republic), he was the son of a factory owner and a homemaker. Among his early childhood friends were two sons of a neighborhood Rabbi. His growth into early adulthood coincided with the Hitler/Nazi Party rise to power. In 1935, Schindler was guilty of joining a pro-Nazi group, but more for pragmatic business reasons. After Germany’s invasion into Poland in 1939 (which immediately led to Great Britain and France’s declaration of war on Germany), the ever-shrewd businessman arrived in Krakow looking for ways to profit from the conflict. Schindler quickly made friends with key Nazi officers by offering them black-market items such as alcohol and tobacco. He eventually purchased a bankrupt kitchenware factory and employed a Jewish accountant who would become his close friend: Itzhak Stern. He hired Jewish labor and would eventually use his factory to protect the Jews from deportment to the concentration camps. Thanks to the relations he orchestrated early on, he was able to bribe key officers to retain his workers. In early 1944 the announcement came regarding the plans to turn all labor camps into concentration camps, but Schindler was once again successful with his bribes. He would move his factory to Czechoslovakia with his workers and manufacture vital supplies for Hitler’s army. This is when he was asked to produce his infamous list, “Schindler’s List”, of those workers he wanted to take with him. That list contained 1,100 Jews. In the new factory, under Schindler’s leadership, not one useful piece of war equipment was ever produced. He purposefully sabotaged his own products to make sure they failed quality control tests thus thwarting the effort of the Third Reich by at least some measure. When the war finally ended, he had single-handedly saved hundreds of Jews. And they never forgot him. Jewish organizations would financially and spiritually support this “Righteous Gentile” for the rest of his life and he would eventually be buried in Israel at his death in 1974. His services were attended by 500 Schindlerjuden, and thanks to Oskar Schindler, more than six thousand Holocaust survivors and their descendants were alive in the 1990s to tell the remarkable story of "Schindler's List."