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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (Owlet Book) (original 1966; edition 1971)

by Evaline Ness, Evaline Ness (Illustrator)

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Title:Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (Owlet Book)
Authors:Evaline Ness
Other authors:Evaline Ness (Illustrator)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1971), Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Child/Youth Books

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (1966)



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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: Kinder-5th
Summary: This book tells the story of a young girl who has a vivid imagination and how she must learn the difference between the truth and stories.
  ecarlson2014 | Nov 21, 2015 |
34 months - a story about learning the difference between imaginary play and lies that can result in trouble or danger. The illustrations are dated but still enjoyable prints. The story is also dated as most publishers and authors avoid stories where kids or animals might die. Who hasn't read the reviews of parent outrage on books such as Babar. I'm kind of surprised being that this is a Caldecott award winner there isn't new editions of this book. We read a first edition library copy with a pocket for a library cars in it. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
This book is about a little girl and her cat Bangs. The little girl likes to lie and tell tales but none elides her but her friend Thomas. The little girls dad tells her she needs to learn the difference between Moonshine and real. So the little girl has to figure it out and she finally does. Moonshine is lies and fake stuff and real is what's real in her life.

Personal Reaction:
I love this book because not everyone realizes what lying can do to people and how it can affect their lives. Lying plays an important role in everyday life. This book should help children realize not to lie.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have the children write down what they think the difference is between Moonshine and Real
2. Draw what their own cat looks like, or if they do not have one then create their own pet cat.
  lizzydelg | Mar 23, 2015 |
Summary: This is a story of a little girl with a very active imagination. Sam, short for Samantha, lives her life full of fantasy and honestly believes what she says. Everyone else knows you can’t believe anything Sam says, except for Thomas, the little boy down the street. He believes Sam when she says she has a baby kangaroo and stops by her house every afternoon in an attempt to see the baby kangaroo. Sam always has an excuse for why the baby kangaroo is not at home and every day Thomas goes wherever she says the kangaroo has gone in an attempt to find it. Until one day, her fancy storytelling, which her father calls moonshine, sends Thomas into danger and Sam learns that her nonsense storytelling could be dangerous. Sam learns the difference between what is real and what is moonshine.

Personal Reflection: I enjoyed this story and liked the fact that Sam had such an active imagination. As a child my son lived in a “batman world” and had a very active imagination so I can relate to the dad trying not to suffocate Sam’s imagination but at the same time trying to help her see that fiction is fun but truth is necessary. Sometimes children find it difficult to separate what is real and what is “moonshine”.

Classroom Extension: (minimum of 2)
1. This would be a great story to teach children about telling the truth.
2. This could be used in conjunction with a study of Abraham Lincoln and his “honest Abe” reputation.
3. A great story to introduce fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is moonshine and non-fiction is real. Moonshine is fun.
4. Students could also draw pictures of the baby kangaroo in its various locations since we don’t really see the baby kangaroo until the very end, and even then it’s not really a baby kangaroo. ( )
  msmarymac | Mar 21, 2014 |
The winner of the Caldecott Medal, in 1967, Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is a lovely little picture-book that follows the story of fisherman's daughter Sam (Samantha), whose penchant for telling lies - or making "Moonshine" - leads her into trouble one stormy day. Constantly making up stories - about her mermaid mother (her real mother is dead), her chariot drawn by dragons (the everyday rug in her house) - Sam uses the world of make-believe to cope with a reality that isn't always easy to face. But when her stories about her baby kangaroo put her young neighbor Thomas - who believes them implicitly - and her beloved cat Bangs in real danger, Sam must confront the fact that sometimes "moonshine" can hurt, as much as it helps...

Although I have read a number of folktale adaptations illustrated by Evaline Ness - Algernon D. Black's The Woman of the Wood: A Tale From Old Russia, Charles Scribner, Jr.'s The Devil's Bridge: A Legend - this was the first book both written and illustrated by Ness that I have encountered. I have to say, I am very impressed! I found the narrative to be a sensitive and moving portrait of a young girl's first encounter with true consequences (although thankfully, all ends happily!), and the illustrations - done in black and white, with color accents in brown and grayish-blue - perfectly suited to the tale, accentuating the emotion of each scene. The style here is somewhat vintage, and not something I would normally find outstanding, but somehow - here - it all works. This one definitely deserved the Caldecott, I think! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 17, 2013 |
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On a small island, near a large harbor, there once lived a fisherman's little daughter (names Samantha, but always called Sam), who had the reckless habit or lying.
On a small island, near a large harbor, there once lived a fisherman's little daughter (named Samantha, but always called Sam), who had the reckless habit of lying.
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This book shares an ISBN with Clinical Guide to Lab Test by Norbert W. Tietz.
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Samantha (known as Sam) is a fisherman’s daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams--moonshine, her father says. But when her tall stories bring disaster to her friend Thomas and her cat Bangs, Sam learns to distinguish between moonshine and reality.
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the winner of the 1967 Caldecott Medal.

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Relates the experiences of a little girl as she learns to tell the difference between makebelieve and real life.

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