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Sam Vole and His Brothers Hardcover – October 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564020827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564020826
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,616,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Many picture books focus on the problem of older children who must put up with tagalong younger siblings. This one tells of a young fieldmouse who would like to do things without older brothers hovering about, doing everything better than he does and diminishing his sense of accomplishment. Early one morning he slips out to the meadow alone and has a terrific time. But, little by little, he begins to miss them. Sharp-eyed youngsters will spot them lingering nearby in the foliage. They have a joyous reunion and take home a rich bounty of nuts and fruits and a special feather for their mother. Waddell's story pleasantly presents the subtle shades of emotions among siblings. Firth's softly muted watercolors spill across the pages, presenting a closeup look at a rustic world of verdant fields and forest. She also brings the characters to life with well-done facial expressions. A nice addition to collections of stories about families. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"This team of author and illustrator never disappoints... The story conveys so clearly the joys and fears of seeking independence while emphasising the fact that brothers and sisters can be loved and loving." Best Books, Child Education; "A reverberating story." The School Librarian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Martin Waddell is the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner 2004 and two-time Smarties Prize winner. Among his many books for children are the Little Bear and Farmer Duck series. Martin lives in Newcastle in County Down.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
What young child doesn't want to do things for herself? (Phrase most frequently uttered by my daughter-- "I do it!!!") Sam is aching to vole by himself, but his big brothers keep tagging along (keeping an eye on him). So Sam sets out on an early morning adventure while everyone else is still sleeping... This may be my favorite Waddell and Firth creation, but then again it's SO hard to choose among the many excellent books they have created! I hope the book is reprinted, and soon!
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