Oma Finds A Miracle


It's a snowy afternoon, and the grandchildren are at Oma's house on the farm. While she is mixing the dough, the children ask her to tell them a story. She picks a story that happened on a snowy winter day when she and the children needed to help their cow Presto, who had just given birth to a calf.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This story introduces the ideas of hope, faith, and perseverence in a way that young readers can understand. It is easy for them to connect to the characters and events that take place, even if they've never been on a farm.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our child was mesmerized by the cover. S/He was very anxious for us to read the book, and even after we were finished, sat with it on their lap staring at the picture. For whatever reason, our Kindergartner connected with Presto.

Parent Reaction

This is a nice book. Even though it is part of a series, you can read this one without having read the other books. The story is strong and can stand on its own.

Type of Book:
This is the second in a picture book series about a family's life on the farm.
Educational Themes:

This book lends itself to several activities. The obvious ones are doing your own story-telling and learning about the "good old days" from the elders around you (families or friend). You can use this as a way to learn about dairy farming or farmlife in the winter, as well as how cows are born. The story also lends itself to talking about faith, hope, and perseverence in ways that can (but don't have to) connect to religious concepts.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a nice story. It has a positive message that young children can relate to, and it is perfect for your own snowed-in afternoon with fresh cookies. This is nice for listening (pre-readers) and learning to read (first grade) alike.

Title Oma Finds a Miracle
Author Patrick Mader
Publisher Beaver's Pond Press, Inc. © 2007
Illustrators Andrew Holmquist
ISBN 159298181X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, Animal (Nonfiction)
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