Schwartz & Wade Oscar's American Dream
Schwartz & Wade Oscar's American Dream

Oscar's American Dream

By Barry Wittenstein

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Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

If you want to see 20th century American history unfold before your eyes, stand on a city street corner and watch it change! It all starts when an immigrant named Oscar opens a barber shop…

When Oscar lands on Ellis Island, he has only a suitcase and a down payment in his hands. And he has a dream—to own his own barbershop. After it opens on the corner of Front St. and Second Ave, Oscar’s barbershop becomes a beloved local fixture…until the day Oscar decides to move on and become a subway conductor. Over the years, this barbershop will change hands to become a lady’s clothing store, then a soup kitchen. A coffee shop follows, then the space becomes an army recruitment center, then a candy shop. As the years pass and the world changes, the proud corner store stands tall, watching American history unfold around it. Barry Wittenstein and debut husband-and-wife illustration team Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell tell the rich, fascinating story of key moments in American history, as reflected through the eyes—and the patrons—of the corner store.

About the Author

Barry Wittenstein is the author of Waiting for Pumpsie, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. His follow-up picture book, The Boo-Boos That Changed the World, also received a starred review from Kirkus and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2018. His upcoming titles include Sonny’s Bridge, illustrated by Keith Mallett and A Place to Land, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Barry resides in New York City. Visit him on the web at onedogwoof.com and follow him on Twitter at @bwittbooks.

Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell are a husband-and-wife-illustrator duo based in Kansas City. They have their own studio, The Brave Union, and have taken on the freelance world or illustration, working on projects for magazines, packaging, t-shirts, educational purposes, and now, children’s books. This is their first picture book. Visit them on the web at thebraveunion.com and find them on Instagram @thebraveunion.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell are a husband-and-wife-illustrator duo based in Kansas City. They have their own studio, The Brave Union, and have taken on the freelance world or illustration, working on projects for magazines, packaging, t-shirts, educational purposes, and now, children's books. This is their first picture book. Visit them on the web at thebraveunion.com and find them on Instagram @thebraveunion.

Illustrator Residence: Kansas City, MO

Format: Hardcover

Length: 36 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

ISBN: 9780525707691

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