________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005

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A Parade for Sam. (Kids Can Read).

Mary Labatt. Illustrated by Marisol Sarrazin.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-788-5 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-787-7 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Dogs-Juvenile fiction.
Parades-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 1 / Ages 5-6.

Review by Lisa O'Hara.

**** /4

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Sam's Snowy Day. (Kids Can Read).

Mary Labatt. Illustrated by Marisol Sarrazin.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.). ISBN 1-55337-790-7 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-789-3 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Dogs-Juvenile fiction.
Snow-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 1 / Ages 5-6.

Review by Lisa O'Hara.

**** /4

Children will love both of these beginning readers written by Mary Labatt. Beautifully illustrated on each page by Marisol Sarrazin, these stories are full of giggles and action. Each page has a few lines of text, and three quarters of the page is devoted to Sarrazin's colorful pictures. Lots of words are repeated for beginning readers, and the pictures give good clues to the action that is happening in the text.

     In A Parade for Sam, Sam is excited to see his first parade. She watches interesting things go by, and she badly wants to join in but is repeatedly told that puppies don't belong in the parade. When she sees the performing dogs going by, she believes differently.

 

Next came the dogs. Sam saw big dogs, small dogs, fat dogs and skinny dogs.

"Those are dogs!" thought Sam.

"I am a dog. Parades ARE for puppies!"

All the dogs did tricks.

Sam wiggled and wiggled.

"I can do that," she thought.

"I am a dog, too!"

 

          Of course, Sam doesn't belong with the performing dogs and is told to get out of the parade again. Sam finds an interesting solution to her problem though, and she ends up happy.

     In Sam's Snowy Day, Sam is introduced to snow. She tries everything that she sees the children doing, including tobogganing:

 

Down they came, faster and faster, faster and faster!

"Eeeeeek!" cried all the kids.

"Woof! Woof! Woof!" said Sam.

No one saw the snowman in the way. "Jump off!" yelled Joan and Bob.

All the kids jumped off.

"Not me!" thought Sam.

"I like this ride!"

 

Sam doesn't realize the consequences of not jumping off and ends up buried in the snow!

 

     Both of these stories are appealing to children in kindergarten and grade one because Sam is very much like a little child in her motivations. The situations she gets herself into are funny, and the illustrations and text are entertaining. Children will easily relate to Sam's motivations and will laugh at the outcomes of her adventures.

 

Highly Recommended.

 

Lisa O'Hara is a mother of three and librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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