Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!)

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, highlight the value of friendship and its ups and downs.

  • 9780807572115
  • May 2015

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  • 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.

    - Booklist

  • Tambellini’s illustrations complement the action beautifully.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • 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

  • 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.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Color cartoon illustrations keep the fresh, angular characters the central focus.

    - School Library Journal


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Common Core

RL.K, 1,3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 2.40