Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)

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Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)




Leslie Kimmelman

Stefano Tambellini
William Owl

Published 2013

Age Levels: 5-8, Grades: Kindergarten-3
Pages: 48
6.50" x 8.25"
Illustrations: Full color

Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.50
ATOS Level: 2.40

Plot Summary

When Charlie moves next door to Sam, he's thrilled to have a new friend—even if she is a girl. Charlie has a little sister, also named Sam—or Sam Too, as the other Sam comes to call her. Both Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too) are Jewish, and they try to live by the religion's motto: Love your neighbor as yourself. The five brief stories in this book, accompanied by colorful illustrations, highllight the value of friendship and its ups and downs.



". . .what sets this story apart is that all the characters are Jewish, something that is matter-of-factly revealed in chapter two through Charlie and Sam's mutual love of hamantaschen but never referred to directly. For many Jewish readers (and their parents), Kimmelman's breezy, unshowy assumption of a shared faith and vocabulary will be refreshing. . ." Publishers Weekly

"Tambellini's illustrations complement the action beautifully. . ." Kirkus Reviews

". . .any child will understand the universal themes of this early chapter book. Each of the five stories emphasizes an element of friendship, including sharing, kindness, and saying sorry."

"The plot and the writing are kept simple but appealingly realistic as Sam and Charlie negotiate their newly formed friendship. . .Kids somewhere between Frog and Toad and beginning chapter books will find this bridges that gap nicely." RECOMMEND, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Color cartoon illustrations keep the fresh, angular characters the central focus."
School Library Journal

Associated Keywords
friendship; neighbor; neighbors; new neighbor; new neighbors; friend; friends; hamentaschen; Purim; Yom Kippur; Judaism; Jewish; children's book; early chapter book; early chapter; beginning reader; Judaic; values; Jewish values; Leslie Kimmelman; Stefano Tambellini; PJ Library; common core; old testament; siblings; transitional reader; Leviticus; love thy neighbor