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Sam and the Big Kids

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  15 reviews
I Like to Read(R) Books for Beginning Readers
- More than 70 fun-to-read books for new readers
- Guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards
- Award-winning easy reader series, created by acclaimed author-illustrators including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors
- Levels A though D for kindergarten readers;
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Holiday House
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The "I Like To Read" series is wonderful- excellent picture book authors/illustrators bringing their skills to the early reader format. Managing to get a compelling plot out of such a limited word selection is amazing. Highly recommended for ages 4-7.
Bethel Swift
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple yet empowering read for little ones. Lovely pen/ink & watercolor illustrations. ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Poor bear cub Sam—his sister and her friend keep telling him to “go away”, that he’s “too little” when he very politely asks to join in their activities. The pattern continues as the big bears find a hide-out, build a fort and row to a small island. When their boat breaks loose and they discover they are stranded, Sam comes to their rescue and runs to get help. The moral of the story is that Sam isn’t too little after all. Very young readers and pre-readers will easily identify with Sam and his ...more
Kristi Betts
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Sam's big sister and her friend are playing outside, he asks if he can play too. She responds by telling Sam he is too small. Each time the big kids go to a new activity Sam wants to be involved too, but the response is always the same, "You are too small." the use of conversation between Sam and his sister increase the reading level of this text. A surprise ending will have young readers learning that although one can be too small to do some things, you can never be too small to help in a ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
All Sam wants is to tag along behind his big sister and her friend while they play. He tries to convince them to include him in their games, but they don't want a little kid around, so they use different ploys to try to lose him. When they find themselves in trouble, though, it turns out Sam is the only one who can help.

A nice, easy reader that addresses a situation many kids find themselves in -- whether they're the little kids who are often left out, or the older siblings who want to play by t
Filled with luscious pen and ink and watercolor illustrations, this simple tale focuses on an experience with which many children will be familiar. When Sam wants to play with his sister and her friend, they tell him he is too little to play. But when they are stranded on an island, Sam proves that he is just big enough to help them get rescued. This is one of the titles in the "I Like to Read" series intended to encourage young readers.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Little ones will be familiar with the phrase "go away" from those bigger kids. Sam finds a way to get involved and save the day for those bigger kids that always tell him to go away. Beautiful and detailed pen and ink and watercolor illustrations accompany the simple text that younger readers would enjoy.
Sharon Lawler
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-picturebooks
The big kids won't let Sam play with them, but when their boat floats away and they are stranded on the island, they change their tune. A very simple version of Aesop's moral, "Little friends can be great friends."
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I don't like this one... the big kids are pretty mean, Sam goes along anyway, and in the end he has to help them. But they aren't ever nice and they never apologize (the book ends before they see Sam again after being rescued, so I guess you could make that part up).
Easy to read text makes this book a good choice for readers who are trying to read on their own. Pictures are watercolor washes and tie in well with the story. Sam just wants to play with the big kids and in the end he helps save the day.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the big characters words,easy to read. The repetition will help young reader to capture the words. It is short and precise.
Jun 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sam and the Big Kids is a good level 1 picture book for young readers to attempt independent reading and build reading confidence.
Amy Cheney
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Sam is too small until it's time to save the big kids.
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Sam is smaller but he saves the day.
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Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.

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