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Fix It, Sam Hardcover – February 1, 2007

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Petey thinks his older brother, Sam, can fix anything, especially the messes he makes. But when Sam can't fix the younger boy's sagging chair tent, it's Petey who is the solution-literally. The text is comprised of short and simple phrases, but it's really the illustrations that tell the story. They show Sam, complete with tool belt, as a helpful older brother clearly aware that his sibling is taking advantage of his fix-it reputation. Ramá's use of water-soluble crayon with watercolors creates colorful pictures that manage to be detailed, emotive, and childlike all at the same time. The artist captures the active nature of a toddler and the knowing looks of an older brother. Her addition of two stuffed animals that closely follow the action is a nice touch for alert readers. This story works as a read-aloud and as a beginning reader.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Little Petey's brother, Sam, can fix anything ("Uh-oh. Sam, help?"). But Petey finds he can fix things, too, when he learns that he is just the right size to prop up his tent with his head. Spare, simple text and expressive visuals portray familiar toddler activities, challenges, and sibling interactions with warmth and humor. Colorful cartoonlike artwork, created from pencil, crayon, and watercolors, includes a wordless spread showing the siblings trying different tent props. Little sibs will easily grasp the story, Petey's adoration of Sam, and the idea of problem solving as they spot familiar objects in the pictures. An affectionate companion to Super Sam! (2004). Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Destiny on December 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The story concept is fairly sound: a little brother breaks things, makes messes, and gets stuck, while his big brother always fixes things for him. In the end, though, when a blanket fort is falling down, it's little brother who engineers the solution.

That said, I found the language a little too simplistic. While I understand it's intended to mimic the way a baby talks, it just didn't work for me. Without Rama's colored pencil, crayon and watercolor illustrations, the text would fall completely flat. (Compare to I Can Help, which uses simple--not simplistic--text to convey a clear story. While it's greatly enriched by illustrations, the text is not dependent on them.)

The illustrations themselves have soft and fuzzy edges, which play well with the overall childlike quality of them. They create a sense of place and the subtle changes to the expression on Sam's face convey his growing frustration.

Not a terrible book, and my daughter wanted to read it again immediately--but it's probably not something I would choose again in the future.
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By Penny Lindsey on January 10, 2013
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I purchased this book because it was recommended by a writing activity I was doing. It worked well for the activity.
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By barb moore on September 11, 2015
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Can't wait to read iti with my kids! Great experience
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