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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 (short for Samantha) is a fisherman’s daughter with an active imagination. She insists her mother is a mermaid, that her cat Bangs can speak, and that she had a chariot drawn by a dragon. She is so convincing that she often sends her friend Thomas in search of her pet baby kangaroo. Her father cautions her about her tall tales, but it takes a near disaster to wake her up to the dangers of spinning “moonshine.”

This is a lovely cautionary short story. Sam is a bright, inquisitive, and imaginative young girl. She learns a hard lesson, but she’ll be a better person for having learned it.

I really liked Ness’s drawings, for which she won the Caldecott Medal. The almost monochromatic palette helps give a sense of Sam’s loneliness and regret. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 17, 2017 |
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine had the honor of winning the Caldecott Medal. This story is about a little girl named Sam who had a wild imagination because she was always lying about something. She said her mom was a mermaid but she was actually dead. She said she had a lion and a kangaroo as a pet but she actually had a cat named Bangs. Basically it's "Sam said this. Sam said that." But you never believe her. This is a great story to show how to balance truth and imagination. It can show children that it is okay to have an imagination but there should be no lying. Because like Sam in the story, people continued to not believe anything she said because she was always lying and when you're actually telling the truth no one will believe you. This is like the "boy who cried wolf" story. The illustrations are not that great and it's not really colorful. So, I'm not really impressed with that. But this is a great story for kids to learn a little lesson about telling the truth. ( )
  cmsmit12 | Feb 4, 2017 |
Sam is a little girl with a large imagination! So large that she convinces her friend Thomas to believe that Sam's mother is a mermaid, and she has a pet kangaroo. Her father's job has to do with fishing/transporting which comes in handy towards the end of the book when Sam told Thomas to go see her mother near the ocean, "blue rock", which a course did not exist. Thomas gets stuck in a rainstorm which pulls him to see, and Sam's father has to save Sam's life all because she lied about who, and where her mother was. The little girl has a huge imagination and you as the teacher could teach the students about topothesia.There are many examples of This is a great book to read to students and explain why lying/fibbing/not telling the truth is not the best idea. It can lead to people getting hurt, physically and emotionally. ( )
  John_Spelce | Sep 1, 2016 |
As a child with a very active imagination, and a propensity for telling tall tales, I was given this book. It is a lovely story of a little girl finding out how to balance imagination and truth. Still one of my favorite childhood books. ( )
  MrsLee | May 1, 2016 |
Sam Is a Fisherman's Daughter Who Dreams Rich & Lovely Dreams, Moonshine, Her Father Says - But When Her Tall Stories Bring Disaster, Sam Learns to Distinguish Between Moonshine & Reality.
  wichitafriendsschool | Apr 22, 2016 |
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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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