Thursday, April 4, 2013
Book Review - Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)
When Charlie moves next door to Sam, he's thrilled to have a new friend--even if she is a girl. Charlie has a little sister, also named Sam--or Sam Too, as the other Sam comes to call her. Both Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too) are Jewish, and they try to live by the religion's motto: Love your neighbor as yourself. The five brief stories in this book, accompanied by colorful illustrations, highlight the value of friendship and its ups and downs.
About the Author
Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many picture books including The Three Bully Goats and Round the Turkey. She lives with her family in Ardsley, New York.
Stefano Tambellini is an artist, filmmaker, and illustrator. He lives in London, England.
My Take on the Book
This is a sweet story abut new friends and the challenges that can arise in a new friendship. If you and your child recently moved, this story is particularly focusing on adjustments a child must make in that transition . It also shows how friends can be boys and girls, not same sex friends.
The author included information about Jewish special days that I was unaware of before reading this story. It is story that any child will enjoy. It has some elements of teaching something new in it too.
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