“Oscar Goes to the Vet” is the story of a young mouse and his friends who support one another and show they care through their words of kindness and actions. With April being the Month of the Military Child, this book is a great reminder of the importance of friendship. According to the Department of Defense, on average military children and their families move every two the three years. That means leaving established friend groups and starting over somewhere new.

Written by Sam Baker, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served during World War II, this book is dedicated to a friend Sam met later in life, Don Casey, and to all those seeking to make new friends. A lifelong advocate for children’s literacy, Sam began writing children’s books after his 90th birthday. His goal is to write stories that are easy to read and understand for even the youngest fans.

Watch and listen as Sam reads the story in his own words:

Extend Your Learning:

Use these comprehension questions with your kids or students to build their literacy skills! Print out this PDF for classroom use.

  1. What is the main idea of the story? What details let us know that this is the main idea?
  2. Why does Oscar need to go to the Vet?
  3. Who do Mimi and Keisha see as they arrive at the Vet?
  4. What does Dr. Casey say EBT stands for?
  5. Why does Oscar measure his eyes in the mirror? 
  6. What are some ways you can make new friends in your community?
  • Looking for a copy of this book? Head to ShopNVMM or Sam’s website to purchase!

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