Item description for You Can Do It, Sam (Sam Books) by Amy Hest & Anita Jeram...
Overview 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2003
Grade Level Pre School
ISBN 0763619345 ISBN13 9780763619343
Availability 0 units.
More About Amy Hest & Anita Jeram
Amy Hest is the author of many books, including WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA, winner of the Christopher Medal and illustrated by P. J. Lynch, and IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE - HORN BOOK Award and illustrated by Jill Barton. She says that she was inspired by her own son, Sam. "When Sam was small he knew countless ways to keep me in his room at bedtime," she remembers. Anita Jeram is the illustrator of the best-selling GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney. She is also the author-illustrator of BUNNY, MY HONEY and ALL TOGETHER NOW. About KISS GOOD NIGHT, she says it reminds her of when "the children and I are comfortable and safe, tucked up snug in bed, listening to the rain outside the window and everything around seems to glow with the warmth."
Amy Hest currently resides in the state of New York.
Amy Hest has published or released items in the following series...
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.