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Zooman Sam (Sam Krupnik #4)

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It's Future Job Day at Sam's school, and Sam knows exactly what he wants to be when he grows up-a zookeeper, just like Zookeeper Jake in his favorite picture book. His mother and big sister, Anastasia, help Sam create a memorable costume-so memorable that Sam insists on wearing it long after Future Job Day has passed and the rest of his classmates are back in their regular ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 27th 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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In Lois Lowry's Zooman Sam, a little boy decided to be a zookeeper for "Future Job Day" at his school. This is a boy after my own heart. As a child (and even sometimes as an adult,) zookeeper was my absolute dream job! I have been a zoo volunteer for the last 3 years, and I've loved the zoo for as long as I can remember. But back to the book...

This book is supposed to be appropriate for 9 to 12 year olds, but I don't know. Not having children of my own it's kind of hard to judge, but I have spen
Emily Birecki
This week I read Zooman Sam by Lois Lowrey. It was an absolutely adorable book. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the heart of a child. I enjoyed the humor that came from Sam. I feel as if I can relate to Sam because I get overwhelmed easily and can feel like nothing is going right. As a child, like Sam, I craved the attention I got from my peers and teacher. It was funny how the book started with Sam digging through his closet and creating a pile of clothes on the floor. It was super ...more
Sam knows exactly what he wants to be for Future Job Day at school--a Zookeeper! Sam is excited to tell the class all about his future job and how he handles all the different animals. His Future Job Day turns into a Future Job Month as h has 30 different animals to talk about. Sam soon finds out that teaching and animal training aren't everything they're cracked up to be--they are HARD!

The final Sam book is as charming as the others. I still like the Anastasia books better, but this is a nice
I read this out loud with my Sam. He still liked it, but mostly because he's attached to the characters. I thought it was a cute book, but once the show-and-tell stuff started, it was just too long. Really.... it was too much. Both of my kids were bored with it, but insisted that I keep going. So on one hand there's the fact that they were both tired of it, but on the other hand, their willingness to keep going attests to how lovable the characters are and how wrapped up they got in their lives. ...more
Tara and Rebecca Loved it Too!
I'm a bigger Anastasia fan than I am a Sam fan. But I really liked this book. Sam's mom finds a great way to humor her child's love of animals. And Sam figures out how to read! I read the passage about learning to read to my 5th graders. They all nodded wisely and knowingly. We all have a story of how we began reading and this is a great way to kick off that conversation.
Matthew Meehan
I thought this was a great book. I like how it is written from the boys point of view becuase it gives the reader a new perspective to read from. Also, the way "Zooman Sam" shows how he is a trainer of each individual animal is a very creative piece of writing. The illustrations are also great and it seems they were done with simple pencil and paper by Diane de Groat.
Sam Krupnik has to dress up for Future Job day at school. He decides to go as a zookeeper and gets to tell the other kids in the class about a different animal every day.
Sam is entertaining as usual, and young people will really enjoy this book.
I loved this book. I'm actually reading it to Paige and she loves it also. Lowry does such an excellent job with the characters. Sam is just like the preschooler I taught in Ohio!! :0)
Great chapter book for younger readers. Although the main character is in pre-school I think all Elementary age kids would like it.
Caitlin Corrigan
Cute story about a boy learning to read!
A good heart warming book to read
Another fun read.
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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