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Sammy and the Dinosaurs Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 220L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY) (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531302075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531302071
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 This imaginative story about a young boy and the dinosaurs that he finds in his grandmother's attic is a delight from endpaper to endpaper. Sammy washes the little toys, repairs them, and finds a special bucket for them to live in. He goes to the library to identify them, and begins to take them everywhere he goes. They go to the beach and to the garden store, and take baths together. The dinosaurs even begin to talk to the child, but only he can hear them. One day, the small creatures are left behind on the train. Sammy is devastated, until Gran takes him to the train station's lost and found. He calls to each of his dinosaurs, and they return to him. The originality of this story is matched by the lifelike personalities exhibited in the cartoon illustrations. The dinosaurs appear to come to life as they show expressions and emotions while traveling with Sammy. A charming fantasy that will captivate youngsters. JoAnn Jonas, New York Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

The utterly winsome Sammy (and his crabby, TV-narcotized sister) is featured in a fine little story from Whybrow (The Snow King, p. 806, etc.) about the pleasures of friends who happen to be of a different species. Up in the attic with his grandmother, Sammy comes across a box full of old dinosaur toys. He shuttles the box downstairs, doctors the dinosaurs that need doctoring, bathes and buffs them all, and then, next day, trundles to the library to discover their names. While this is going on, captured in handsome pen-and-wash artwork, the beasts shuffle about, but only to Sammy's knowledge. When every one of them is properly bestowed with a nameanchisaurus, brontosaurus, scelidosaurus, etc.the dinosaurs say, `' `Thank you, Sammy.' They said it very quietly, but just loud enough for Sammy to hear.'' Now fast friends, they nonetheless become separated when Sammy inadvertently leaves them on the train. Sammy is deeply unhappy; he inquires after them at the station, but the ``Lost and Found'' man says, ``How do we know they are your dinosaurs?'' A blind-identification test confirms that fact: `' `All correct!' said the man. `These are definitely your dinosaurs! Definitely!' `' Quietly, the dinosaurs concur: `' `You're definitely our Sammy. Definitely!' `' This is a beautiful, cheering story full of offbeat charm. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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I definitely recommend this book for young kids.
Kiwibelge
It's been read at least 30 times in the last 3 weeks and I'm sure there will be more to come.
Kristel M Smith
The Sammy in the story cleans out the attic with Gran, and they find some old dinosaurs.
MarniSoup

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Patriot on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We have a 4 yr old Sammy too, and he loves this book. We looked for similar dinosaur related titles by the same author, but all we find are the "Harry and the Dinosaurs" series, it seems that the author changed the name of the little boy and also republished the original "Sammy and the Dinosaurs" as "Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs". We tried to read the name of "Harry" as "Sammy" and his sister "Sam" as the original "Meg", but since our 4 yr old can also read, he has pointed out that they spelled Sammy wrong, I guess we'll have to tell him sooner or later, but for now it is quite amusing to hear us stumble through these stories. I wish he'd have left it alone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A young boy discovers some toy dinosaurs; cares for them, learns more about them, and they "come alive" for him. Simple story line, great dinosaur illustrations in color, with accompanying names. Recommended for K through the 2nd grade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarniSoup on May 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old son Sammy and I checked this out at the local library (we're suckers for Sammy books) and immediately fell in love. Definitely one of the cutest books I've ever read. The Sammy in the story cleans out the attic with Gran, and they find some old dinosaurs. Everyone thinks they're junk but Sammy! His sister even gets a bowl of cereal on her head because she say so. Sammy cleans them up and goes to the library to learn their names so he can call them when he needs to, and they whisper "Thank you." Knowing their names becomes especially helpful when Sammy leaves them behind after going on a train ride (MY Sammy's true love). We love this story so much, now we're looking to buy it and read the other Sammy books as well.
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By e.t. on December 30, 2013
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I buy these books for everyone I know that has small boys. They are great stories. My son, who is now 15 years old, still comments on how these stories were some of his favorites!
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