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The Adventures of Sammy Jay (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – April 10, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486449467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486449463
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katiecreates on September 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I was a little girl (45 years ago,) my grandmother would read aloud to me from this book over and over again. I absolutely loved it and can still quote from it. One of the most wonderful events of my childhood was discovering the ENTIRE SERIES in my other grandmother's attic. I didn't even know there was a series. It was like finding gold!

Years later, my own children loved these books. There were so many titles that reading them spanned most of their childhood.

These are wonderful books for younger children and lend themselves very well to reading aloud. The characters are vivid and display a broad range of very human attributes. There are heros and cowards, false friends and loyal friends, wise individuls and those not to be trusted and most characters grow and learn in the course of the books. The main players seem to be about the developmental level of a typical 8 year old, so children relate to and understand their motivations.

These books are quick and easy reads,and a little dated (well, maybe a lot dated now) but children slip very easily into the cadence of the language and become "hooked."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This review is for the edition published by Dover. Unfortunately, all reviews appear under all editions, regardless of publisher.

This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. Plus, unlike many of these Dover editions of Thornton Burgess' books, it has honest-to-god original Harrison Cady illustrations.

Harrison Cady did two sets of drawings for this title:
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 6 full-page grayscale illustrations.
-- Published by Grosset & Dunlap, with 14 full-page line drawings, including line-drawing versions of all 6 original grayscale illustrations in the Little, Brown editions, plus many smaller line drawings.

This Dover edition has all the drawings, both full-page and small, from the Grosset & Dunlap editions. And they are very nicely reproduced. You could not ask for more. The only thing the Grosset & Dunlap editions have over this Dover edition is that the "Large, Easy-To-Read Type might be easier on early readers. But if you're reading to your young kids, as I am, this Dover edition, with far more words per page, has the advantage that the pictures are in front of your kids longer and for a higher proportion of pages.

If you like these illustrations, you might want to also look for a used Little, Brown edition. The Little, Brown grayscale illustrations better show Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures. But even so, I generally prefer the Grosset & Dunlap illustrations, because they are more charming, even though they are simpler. Cady did them decades later, after he had grown as an artist.

Anyway, kudos to Dover on getting it so right for this title. And at such a low price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darien Summers on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is about a mischievous bird named Sammy Jay who prides himself of his wit and loves to torment and steal. I know, if you're a parent, this might not sound like something you'd want your child reading. However, Sammy seems to always get what is coming to him, and most of the victims of his shenanigans are equally troublesome if not more so than Sammy. Also, the tales are darned hilarious. My daughter and I found ourselves laughing silly when I read this book to her. Burgess' ability to transport his readers into a captivating animal world where you can honestly feel the emotions of his well thought out charters so intensely, is simply amazing.

I implore you to join Sammy as he tattletales on everybody in the forest, makes trouble for the troublesome, and outsmarts his rivals to get what he wants, which is usually entertainment at somebody else's expense.

This book is 87 pages long, and broken up into short 3-4 chapters; great for bedtime reading or just for reading if your child is old enough. The appropriate age level is probably around 8-11.

The black and white illustrations are excellent, and very descriptive.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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My mother read these books to us kids during the early 60's. I still remember how much we all loved these stories. If you have trouble with your children at bedtime, consider reading them these books. Soon you will discover the kids love these and are ready to settle down and hear the stories of animals teaching the lessons all kids need to learn.
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