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You Can Do It, Sam
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2007
We bought this book three years ago and my kids (4 yrs. and 7 yrs.) still love to read/hear it. I was surprised to see two reviewers describe the text as awkward and "strangely repetitive." The text is repetitive, but it's poetic and emphasizes certain concepts. Typically children like repetition of words and themes. Regarding a previous reviewer's comments about spending more time on the "you can do it" aspect, I'd argue that the part about mama bear and her little cub working together to bake and prepare the packages is as important to the story as the actual delivery. What's not to like about a mom spending time with her son and teaching him how to serve his neighbors? The text of this book is charming and the illustrations are beautiful. We own all three Sam books and regularly give them as gifts. I highly recommend the entire series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2006
Although the illustrations in this book are nice, I find the text halting and rather repetitive in a strange way, making it hard to read. The text, as the professional review suggested, is not fluid at all. I think they could have spent less time talking about baking the cookies and put more emphasis on the "you can do it" aspect. I don't really enjoy reading it to my son and he doesn't seem to prefer it over any other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
This is a beautiful book. The reason the phrasing is awkward sometimes, is that the author is writing from the recollection of Sam....he is a small child. That is why he says stuff like, "and we rode in the truck that is green."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2007
This book has many odd semi-repeating phrases. They are difficult to read silently, let alone out loud to your toddler. My husband and I are regular, everyday readers and we love to read to our daughter. However, this particular book was very difficult to find a rhythm or safe pace to read with. The illustrations are sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
My children, almost 5 and 2, both adore this book. Granted, our son is named Sam, but I don't think that is the only reason that we all know this book by heart. This is one of the few books BOTH our son and daughter have insisted on reading over and over again. I am surprised to hear that other reviewers found the text awkward, as we find it delightfully poetic. We have all 3 books in this series, but this is definitely our favourite. We have quite a large library of children's books, and this one is definitely among our top picks. I simply can't fault a book that inspires children to kindness, generosity, and a loving bond with their mom! We're off to bake some of 'Sam's cakes' right now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great read-aloud story. The text has a nice cadence to it, in the mold of Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon Big Book and Big Red Barn Big Book), and it holds up well to repeated readings. It is a nice little tale about Sam overcoming his fear of walking up to the neighbors' houses all by himself to deliver holiday cakes. The snowy scene and the warm ending eating cakes in front of the fire bring a peaceful setting just right for bedtime. And the illustrations work great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bear cub Sam's Mom spends a snowy morning teaching him the importance of acts of kindness. Baking little cakes, then wrapping and delivering them to unsuspecting neighbors (who are probably still abed) forms the nucleus of this little adventure. Sam learns a little something about competence, and that generosity comes with its own reward, in a beautiful, cozy, snowy landscape. My three year old granddaughter was entranced yesterday when we read this together. So was I!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
My kids (6 and 4) have loved this book. I love to give it as a gift. It's beautifully written. Poetic. It doesn't follow that same old sing song of other books. It's evocative and sweet. I love when the little bear snuggles into Mama's soft, round belly and they warm their toes in fat socks and they tell the story about a little bear who brings cakes to their friend "all by himself" and his friends love them so much. It rings so true and so beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2004
"You Can Do It, Sam" is a terrific bedtime story for preschoolers. My four year old loves this story; a story about a bear named Sam who could deliver special treats to his friends on Plum Street all by himself! It's nice to find quality children's literature and not always easy to do.
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on November 20, 2011
This book is recommended for children aged 2 and up. It is ideal for the upcoming winter season. This book is published by Candlewick Press, which I have a fondness for because they are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sam is a young bear that is given the task of delivering delicious cakes to the doors of each of the their friends. He is nervous at first but after the first one his confidence soars and he continues to deliver the cakes with enthusiasm. This is a great story for any small child that is learning to do things on their own. To see how happy and excited Sam is when he achieves the task will inspire confidence in the little reader.

The illustrations are superb. I really like how Sam is portrayed taking large steps through the deep snow. The detail is also great showing birds here and there and great embellishments in the background. Any child will love to read this book no matter what time of day it is. The read aloud factor is great and children will sit in anticipation as each page turns.

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