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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575424347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575424347
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After losing himself in a Mars exploration daydream at breakfast, Sam misses the school bus again. In class, distracted by an imagined deep-sea dive, he runs out of time on a spelling test, misses the last six words, and ends up feeling dumb. Sam visits a doctor who appreciates his imagination, but advises him on how to focus his “powerful brain.” Following her advice to eat well, sleep well, organize his homework, and ask his teacher or a friend for help, Sam gradually increases his ability to focus when he needs to, and enjoy his daydreams at other times. Brightly colored, with shiny pages, this picture book provides encouragement as well as sensible suggestions within a fictional frame. Without labeling Sam or his problem, the sympathetic story offers useful advice for children who may identify with him. An appended note for parents and teachers, “Helping Kids with Attention Challenges,” provides more detailed information. Purposeful but practical, this looks at a common problem and offers some possible solutions. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“After losing himself in a Mars exploration daydream at breakfast, Sam misses the school bus again. In class, distracted by an imagined deep-sea dive, he runs out of time on a spelling test, misses the last six words, and ends up feeling dumb . . . Without labeling Sam or his problem, the sympathetic story offers useful advice for children who may identify with him.”—Booklist



“A delightful new book that can help you see through your child’s eyes, help your child increase self-awareness, and allow you both to build effective strategies for focusing attention.”—MomEnough.com


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Customer Reviews

Small pictures, text out of alignment, almost unreadable.
Lillyanne_M
The message of the book is that if you eat blueberries and just try harder you will be able to focus better.
R W
A nice book to help children with attention problems to know they are not alone.
Kerry M

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy McKenna Seip on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When my ADHD-diagnosed second grader picked this off the shelf at the library I said enthusiastically "That sounds perfect for you!" When we got home and read it, though, I was dismayed. While the advice given is good (for EVERYONE, not just those with attention issues) it is more often than not inadequate for those with ADHD. ADHD is a neuro-chemical imbalance/deficiency that can not often be rectified with diet, rest, and environmental adaptations alone. The portrayal of a doctor that doesn't even mention the possibility of helpful medication, and the plot of diet/rest/hard work being enough to "cure" his attention problem could quite possibly inhibit struggling families from seeking treatment that actually helps. In fact, I can easily see children (and their parents!) beating themselves up about following all of this advice and things not improving.

Ultimately, we found "All Kinds Of Minds" to be much more helpful with teaching our son how to think about and cope with his condition. For the adults, the "Distraction" books were endlessly helpful at explaining the science and medical understanding of these conditions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R W on March 3, 2014
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The message of the book is that if you eat blueberries and just try harder you will be able to focus better. Kids with attention difficulties often are trying so hard to focus it is exhausting for them! I don't like the message but 2 stars for very cool illustrations
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Curious Sam gets into trouble because he can't stay focused on what he is supposed to be presently doing like daily self-care and doing schoolwork. Sam’s powerful creative imagination takes him on exciting adventures to castles, the deep sea and outer space. Sam’s doctor makes suggestions to help him pay attention and not daydream. Sam tries out the doctor’s suggestions and discovers something different about his day. Will Sam have to give up his exciting adventures to Mars?

This picture book is suitable for children between the ages of five through nine. Carlson brilliantly draws the young reader into Sam’s world with easy to follow text and vivid colored illustrations as Sam meets his brain challenges in daily life. It was easy for my young reader to identify with being told to pay attention and focus on what he was doing at the moment. What he likes best about the story were the parts where Sam talks about the stories he writes and the pictures he paints because he does similar things; and the illustration with Sam’s facts about Mars.

What I liked best about this picture book is the alternating illustrations of Sam’s imagination with Sam’s challenges. This reading experience made for my young reader to not become too overwhelmed with the presented suggestions and gave him an opportunity to dream along with Sam while practicing his focusing on the words and pictures.

Nicely added is a section for parents and teachers in the back of the book that gives further suggestions for helping a child practice appropriate social skills, attention span and creativity.

SAM GOES TO MARS is an excellent resource for parents and teachers to normalize attention problems, enhance social skills and nurture creativity of children.
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By Lillyanne_M on September 9, 2014
Format: Unknown Binding
The Kindle version is an absolute mess. Small pictures, text out of alignment, almost unreadable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry M on May 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A nice book to help children with attention problems to know they are not alone. I love how the suggestions for parents match the story. The illustrations are lovely.
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