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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (August 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688066038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688066031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Swedish (translation)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
These books are great for your littlest ones! The text in the Sam books are very simple, as they ought to be for very young children, but can easily be elaborated on by the adult reading aloud to little ones. I don't agree with the previous reviewer who found the pictures "rough and unengaging" - unengaging is the farthest description I could personally think of! The facial expressions are wonderful, and the pictures carry so much meaning and action in themselves, and they are tailored to very young children - the perspective stays the same, proportions are right etc so that little ones can easily understand the pictures and follow the events there.
In all their simplicity, these are brilliant little books, with just the right dose of adventure and fun in familiar settings for the youngest readers.
On a side note, the Sam books created a stir when they were first published in Sweden close to 20 years ago. They were written in "kids' speak", just the way our little ones speak, which some people protested against and claimed proper sentences were needed. Barbro Lindgren's answer was to publish the next one still written in kids' speak - with "translations" into proper adult language at the bottom of the page! The English versions are however written in proper sentences.
All in all, these books are great for starting a life-time love of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Maley on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our three little boys (twins aged 5, and a 2-year-old) absolutely love the Sam books. Sam's Potty is one of their favourites. The illustrations are appealing and retro, and the text is engaging and easy enough for the 5-year-olds to read themselves, aloud to their younger brother. Sam's Potty is one of their favourites. They love the attempts of Sam to get his dog to sit on the potty instead of him. My 2-year-old, particularly, finds this funny; he loves dogs and seems to sense the irony of Sam's failed attempts, and his final conquest of the potty by himself, not Doggy. The simplicity of the text lends itself to memorising, and my 2-year-old often sits and "reads" the Sam books aloud to himself.
I was surprised to read negative reviews of these books, and can only conclude that their realism is probably more appealing to Europeans; Americans don't appear to care for them. A shame - a good dose of simple reality is so refreshing in children's books nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Hensler on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My son really enjoys this book at the age of two and a half. He really likes repeating the short sentences and gets a huge sense of satisfaction from understanding the simple concepts presented. He also mimics the poses of the main character with great aplomb. The book is short (and expensive!) but has lots of positive ideas and words. I personally didn't think it was a great book in execution or content - but I am not the target audience and as I said, my son loves it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In this episode, Sam is a bit ambivalent about using the potty, until there is competition for it from his doggie. The authors have an unusual ability to create humorous situations that can be comprehended and appreciated by the under 3 set.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Barbro Lindgren offers bare-bones text and straighforward drawings in a simple story of Sam, Doggie and his new potty. Its simplicity reminded me of the classic Dick and Jane readers of long ago. In the competitive potty book market rich with rhyme, color - even movable parts - I mistakenly thought that Sam's Potty would be quickly dismissed. But my girls liked it! One scene in which Doggie unravels ribbons of toilet paper so Sam can wipe is hilarious.
After reading over two dozen potty books, I regard Sam's Potty as more entertaining than educational. Read it for fun! Then when you want to introduce the functional aspects of the toilet training process, try these more instructional potty books: The Potty Book for Girls by Alyssa Satin Capucilli or What To Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff.
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