CM . . .
. Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005
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.
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:
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.
Lisa O'Hara is a mother of three and librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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