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Sam Is Not a Loser

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Sam loves to play games—but he doesn’t like to lose. So when his soccer team is playing against a team of bigger kids, Sam decides not to play. But if he doesn’t even play, how can he ever win?
Given the popularity of children’s sports, especially soccer, this is a timely topic. It’s handled here with the gentle humor, fresh feel, and relatable characters that this author/i
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Clarion Books
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Jess Brown
Based on the title, I thought this one might be about a kid who gets called a loser. In fact, this book is about a kid who hates to lose. It was pretty obviously didactic, but I like the concept that it's attempting to illustrate. Smart kids might see right through it, but the younger ones might take something away from it. I'm filing this away under "things parents might ask me for."
Aug 06, 2010 Modboy rated it liked it
Recommended to Modboy by: Brooklyn Library
First published in Belgium this books goal is to teach sportsmanship. I'd say the book is somewhat but not totally effective: some parts seem unrealistic (the tied game), sweet but perhaps lost in translation (why Grandma always wins) but overall it's a solid read with nice oil illustrations. Some additional discussion by parents and teachers might be necessary.
Ishta Mercurio
Feb 28, 2011 Ishta Mercurio rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like the message in this story, and it's told from the child's point of view, which I think works really well. And both my 3-year-old and 7-year-old can get the message! Bonus.
May 05, 2010 Aerin rated it it was ok
"It's okay to lose as long as you can always beat your grandma in dominoes." Not a message I want my kids to learn.
Apr 08, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
Fun read. Good book about doing your best and being willing to play the game. Promotes good sportsmanship.
May 29, 2008 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There's a good lesson for all type-A personalities in this book!
Tina Bartholoma
Dec 10, 2009 Tina Bartholoma rated it liked it
"soccer, losing, good sport"
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