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Sam and Jump Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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PreS—An endearing story about friendship. Sam and Jump, his stuffed rabbit, do everything together. The pair take baths together, climb trees, and take naps. One day, they go to the beach and meet a new friend named Thomas. Sam and Thomas get so involved in playing that when it is time to leave, Sam leaves Jump at the beach. It isn't until Sam gets home that he realizes Jump is nowhere to be found. The next day, Sam returns to the beach in search of his plaything and finds Thomas. Thankfully, his new friend has the missing toy. From that day on, the boys and their stuffed animals are inseparable. Minimalistic drawings are done on white space. Spreads with soft, muted colors represent the calm sea. The text is short, simple, and to the point. VERDICT Young children will enjoy and empathize with Sam and his love for Jump. A great one-on-one read at bedtime.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
With its simple sentences (set in a typeface that has an understated poignancy), roundheaded characters, and softly colored watercolor-and-ink renderings, Mann’s (I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard) story raises some powerful and provocative questions about loyalty, responsibility, and friendship...both adults and kids should find this ostensibly unassuming story offers significant food for thought.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Sweet, endearingly simple illustrations created with pencil, watercolor, and "digital magic" judiciously use white space to focus attention on inseparable Sam and Jump sharing tea, soaping up in the tub, and sitting side-by-side on a tree branch and in an overstuffed chair...Kids with their own favorite toys will identify with this gentle, tender tale of Sam and Jump's special bond.
The pastel-hued watercolor, pencil, and digital illustrations are absorbing and encapsulate both the summery feel of the beach and Sam’s range of emotions. This familiar and cheerfully told saga will resonate with many tots.
An endearing story about friendship...Young children will enjoy and empathize with Sam and his love for Jump. A great one-on-one read at bedtime.
—School Library Journal
This charming tale reassures tots who've loved—and lost—a stuffed pal by showing them how special friends, both new and old, can be.
—Pregnancy & Newborn
Top customer reviews
On a trip to the beach, Sam made a new friend called Thomas. The two played all day together. When it was time to go home, Sam forgot to pick up Jump, by the time he had realised the family were nearly home, and it was too late to go back to the beach, it would have to wait until tomorrow.
Will Jump still be there when Sam returns?
To those parents who children have a favourite teddy, doll, etc, that they take everywhere with them, this book will definitely resonate with you.
My youngest son, even though he is now eleven, still has his favourite teddy, ‘Pooh Bear’. He sleeps with it on his bed, when he is sick, he wants it, and it still comes on holiday with us. ‘Pooh Bear’ is essentially part of our family, and I know how devastated my son would be if he were to lose his teddy.
You only have to look at social media posts of parents trying to locate their child’s toy, that they cannot be without, to know how important that these items are to there children.
The plot is wonderfully executed, and the author has captured the emotions that Sam was feeling perfectly, both in words, and illustrations.
There are not many words on each page, meaning that this book would be great for new readers. It would also be just as lovely as a bedtime story.
An adorable, sweet, tale, filled with heartfelt emotions that children will be able to understand. It was a delight to read, and the ending fitted the story perfectly.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
This honestly feels like more of a picture book for the parents than the kids. So if you're looking for a baby shower gift, this might fit, but it's going to be hit-and-miss with the kids, as they get old enough to pick their stories. I'd say give it a try from a library before making final purchase decisions.
Fantastic #PB written and illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann, published by Candlewick Press.