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All About Sam by Lois Lowry

All About Sam (1988)

by Lois Lowry

Other authors: Diane De Groat (Illustrator)

Series: Sam Krupnik (1)

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I was actually looking for The Giver, but the library didn't have it. I read this book when I was a kid and remembered how insightful it was, in terms of how little kids think. I think it probably helped when I became a preschool teacher. Anyway, it was nice to read it again. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
I read this book aloud to my class. This year I didn't get to finish it since I had Luciana early! First graders love this book. The can relate to Sam and remember themselves as a baby or their siblings.
  mcalcagno | Apr 29, 2013 |
Sweet and funny, if a bit contrived. The misunderstood word device is hoary but still works really well. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book is from the Anastasia series, but this time it is all from baby Sams prospective. It begins the day he arrives home and he also shares a wonderful personality like Anastasia.

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I loved this book when I re-read it as an adult. It reminded me of my oldest child who also has been talking VERY well since a very young age. I overall just love Lois Lowry!

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1. This would be a great series to read to children to teach them to understand all perspectives.
2. I am all about creative writing and think this would be a great way to help children open up about their own feelings and understanding that they are okay. ( )
  KatieCaughron | Mar 24, 2013 |
Lowry, L. (1988). All about Sam. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

All About Sam is based on the Anastasia Krupnik series. Only this time, the story is from her baby brother’s perspective. The book begins with Sam’s first days at the hospital. Readers experience many of Sam’s adventures: starting nursery school, stealing gum at the supermarket, bringing a pipe to school, and flushing Anastasia’s goldfish in the toilet.

It is difficult to determine if the depictions really represent a baby’s point of view. While Sam is a genius, he grows up extremely fast in the book. In the beginning, all he can do is cry when he is sad, hungry, or tired. About half way through the book, he suddenly speaks long sentences. While Sam does occasionally get his words mixed up, he sometimes talks too mature for a three or four-year old. This makes his character only somewhat convincing.

While the story does have its humorous moments, such as Sam’s search for the Terrible Twos, the plot lacks a real conflict. As a result, the story seems to drag on. I have read other works by Lowry and found them deeply moving. However, I thought that All about Sam was somewhat boring. Based on this book, I do not plan on reading the Anastasia Krupnik series.

All about Sam is appropriate for grades two through five.
  ewang109 | Aug 5, 2010 |
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It had certainly been an exciting morning for him, but a confusing one, too.
He's been kidnapped! Someone climbed in the window and stole him!
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The adventures of Sam, Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother, from his first day as a newborn through his mischievous times as a toddler.
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Sam's big sister Anastasia (Anastasia Krupnik, Anastasia at Your Service) thinks he's, well, there's no other word for it, weird. Their parents say he's precocious. But Sam knows, even on the morning of his birth, when there are bright lights, and he's cold, and someone is messing around with his belly button, that he's just Sam. And as the younger brother of the original drama queen herself, Anastasia, Sam deserves a book all to himself. From those early moments at the hospital, to his first steps and words, to his lively days of nursery school, Sam escorts the reader through his mischief-filled life. His highly developed--and hilarious--verbal skills allow readers to get behind the fascinating logic of a toddler: Why won't it rain lipsticks and plastic pretzels if he flushes them down the toilet? And the King of Worms most certainly does deserve a prize at the pet show. Award-winning Lois Lowry has an uncanny ability to understand children of any age. Without ever patronizing, she manages to make their foibles wildly funny and unerringly true. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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The adventures of Sam, Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother, from his first day as a newborn through his mischievous times as a toddler.

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