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Sam Who Never Forgets Paperback – September 23, 1987
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Sam is a zookeeper in charge of feeding the animals. Everyday at lunchtime Sam fills him wagon with food and sets off to care for the animals. Sam never forgets to feed the Giraffe, the Monkeys and all his other friends along the way. Sam's wagon is now empty but one animal is still hungry. Could it be that Sam has forgotten the elephant? How ironic, the elephant that never forgets remembers that she is still hungry. No worries, Sam never ever forgets he is on his way with a whole wagon full of hay just for elephant.
Sam Who Never Forgets is a great book for a younger crowd the pictures correspond well with the text, which gives children a clear picture. The art is plain and simple with bright colors. There is the appropriate amount of detail for young eyes; too much detail may pull their minds away from the story. The interpretation of the pictures is executed well. Rice shows a picture directly correlated with the text on the same page. Personification is another factor of Rice's book that will gain children's attention. According to Norton "..personification will help to introduce style to children..... personification is often reinforced through the illustrations." Rice shows the personified animals through both the text and the picture. The monkeys show their gratitude for their lunch by saying, "Splendid, Sam never forgets." Their thankfulness is further enforced by the smiles on their faces and bright eyes. The same theme is continued through the book until Sam seems to have forgotten the elephant. She is sad so she is drawn with a frown and droopy eyes. Showing animals with different expression helps children to understand body language. According to Caldecott terms for criteria, Rice's book meets all the qualifications.Read more ›
Why 4 stars?:
This is a nice beginner's book for those children just learning to read. It is a nice size for little hands to hold. The text is large, but does not crowd the pictures or vice versa.
My 6 year old's review...
"sam the zoo ceeper feeds the animals but not alwase because elefent tinks he dusent but elefint is rong cus Sam has a wagen full of haye. elefint hugs Sam. Sam hugs elefint. and nmo whon shud fruget but sometimse you do. so if you fruget next time remember. So that story teches you never to fruget and I think I love Sam because he never ever frugets."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my now 18-yr-old son's favorites from childhood. I give it to friends b/c it's such a sweet story and has great memories for me:-)Published 2 months ago by JerseyGirl
One of my favorites as a child and it's been fun to have for my little boyPublished 8 months ago by Cassidy T Goodwin
This is my baby's favorite book and it's mine too, maybe I read it too much to her and that's why she likes it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Denisse V.
Cute story that is great for beginning readers. Looks a bit dated, but the kids (5 and 3) love it.Published on January 17, 2014 by Katie's Mom