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You Can Do It, Sam (Sam Books) [Hardcover]

By Amy Hest (Author) & Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
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When Mrs. Bear and little Sam deliver the cakes they have made for their friends in the neighborhood, Sam carries the cakes all by himself, through the snow and up to the front doors. 35,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
Sam goes all by himself to deliver treats to his friends in an endearing new tale from the creators of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller KISS GOOD NIGHT and DON'T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?
"All by myself?" whispered Sam.
"Go, go, go " Mrs. Bear put
her arm around Sam.
"You can do it, Sam."
It happened one winter morning, when the moon was still up, making moonbeams and shadows on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear and Sam were baking golden-brown cakes for their friends. "Come
on, cakes," whispered Sam. "I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait " At last Mrs. Bear sniffed the air and said, "I believe our cakes are ready." But who will go out in the snow and carry the tasty treats to each sleepy house?
In their third story about Sam and Mrs. Bear, Amy Hest and Anita Jeram capture a child's simple joy of giving - and a quiet moment of confidence that will warm the coldest winter day.

Awards and Recognitions
You Can Do It, Sam (Sam Books) by Amy Hest & Anita Jeram has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Texas 2x2 Reading List - 2004 Recommended - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
You Can Do It, Sam (Sam Books) by Amy Hest & Anita Jeram has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/17/2003
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 10/01/2003 page 1224
  • Booklist - 11/01/2003 page 501
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 11/17/2003 page 67
  • Christian Home & School - 12/01/2003 page 29
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2003 page 16
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2004 page 16
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2003

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Candlewick
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 10" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2003
Publisher   Candlewick
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  2-5
ISBN  0763619345  
ISBN13  9780763619343  

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More About Amy Hest & Anita Jeram

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Amy Hest is the author of many books, including KISS GOOD NIGHT and WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA, both of which received the Christopher Medal; and IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK, winner of the Boston Globe- Horn Book Award. She says, "My kids are way bigger than I am now, but I remember some long-ago nights . . . and rushing to their rooms when things weren t quite right. There were many hugs, of course. And occasionally, a dose of terrible-tasting medicine, then we watched the night sky."
Anita Jeram is the illustrator of the best-selling GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney and KISS GOOD NIGHT by Amy Hest. She is also the author-illustrator of I LOVE MY LITTLE STORYBOOK; BUNNY, MY HONEY; and ALL TOGETHER NOW. About DON'T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM? she says, "My children love the anticipation of a snowfall, and to see a brand-new crisp, white landscape outside is like magic. Sam shares that magic with his Mama, and it helps him to be brave."

Amy Hest currently resides in the state of New York.

Amy Hest has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reading Rainbow Books
  2. Sam Books
  3. Touch-And-Feel

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Reviews - What do customers think about You Can Do It, Sam (Sam Books)?

Not my favorite children's book  Jan 10, 2008
I bought this book because my son's name is Samuel and it seemed like a it had a good message. But as someone mentioned earlier, it should have emphasized the title's message more. Plus there is a lot of redundancy in the language. It repeats irrelevant phrases or words. It's rather annoying to read. The illustrations are nice though the mother bear is wearing a green sweater and so initially, looking at the pictures, which the kids pick up on first too, I thought she was a papa bear. Just a little thing. I don't highly recommend this book.
Sam & His Mother Bake Cakes  Nov 3, 2007
Still wonderfully illustrated but not the strongest of the series based on the story line. Mostly about encouraging Sam Bear to do something himself which is a great concept but not executed quite as nicely as the other books. But it would be worth having all the books in the series and a great addition to a toddlers growing library in either the board book or paperback editions. We own all of them and I have bought them for a niece as well.
We've read this book over and over and never tire of it  Sep 27, 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.
Hard to read  Feb 16, 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.
Not one of my favorites  Dec 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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