________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 39. . . .June 16, 2017


Sam Sorts.

Marthe Jocelyn.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2017.
32 pp., hc. & epub, $22.99 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-101-91805-0 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-101-91807-4 (epub).

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 4-6.

Review by Tina Benevides.

***Ĺ /4



Sam thinks up lots of categories. Are there other sets to add?


Sam Sorts is a wonderful story that begins with a little boy who has many toys in a heap, and he needs to tidy up. Jocelynís creative storytelling brings the reader into Samís world as he begins to sort through his toys. The imaginative way that the author uses classification, seriation, counting and science allows those reading the storybook to share their knowledge and experiences of the objects to expand on or add to the categories identified by the author. This makes the book an interactive experience and allows readers to move into and out of the story. Jocelynís subtlety introduces children to Venn diagrams, the colours of a rainbow and objects that sink and float. The wonderful hand-cut illustrations add to the beauty of this book.

Highly Recommended.

Tina Benevides holds a PhD (Literacy) from OISE at the University of Toronto and is a part-time faculty member at Nipissing University in North Bay, ON.

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