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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mom and Daughter Review Children's Book
Title: When Sam Set Sail
Author: LeAnn Beck
Year published: 2012
Publisher: LeAnn Beck
Number of pages: 38
Recommended age: 3+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Summary (from previous back cover): This engaging tale of adventure and camaraderie welcomes the reader aboard an unexpected journey with unforeseen events. The salty and seaworthy crew who have spent their lives skimming the sea, find that what is beyond the horizon and the journeys that get us there, are shaped by the imagination and spirit we color them with. For children of all ages who enjoy the sea, from the deck or the shore, this adventure begs to be read again and again. Illustrate the events in this journal as you would record the voyage. Share with family and friends and see what they think of the surprise ending!
1. What is the story about? The book is about a ship that is sailing in the sea when it comes upon a big scary sea monster.
2. What do you think of the cover and the design of the book? I like the cover of the second book better because the first book only has a tiny ship in the corner and the second book has a huge ship in the middle. I like that in the second book there are pretty scrolls for drawing pictures on and in the first book, I didn’t like that you couldn’t draw pictures on each page.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? I really like that you can draw pictures on each page and I like the surprise ending but, ssshhh… I’m not telling.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? I didn’t like that, in the first book, you couldn’t draw out the story on each page but could only draw a few pictures at the end on a couple pages. I like the second book much, much better.
5. What did you think about the story in the book? I liked the story in the book and I liked the rhyming and the end was surprising. I didn’t see THAT coming!
6. Who do you think would like this book? I think that it’s a good book because I don’t know about any other book where you can draw your own pictures and I recommend it to boys and girls six years old and up.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: The story in the book is told through lilting, rhyming verse and makes the reader feel as if they themselves are on a tall ship sailing the deep blue sea. The story provides the reader with adventure, excitement and just the right level of tension for young children. There is a twist at the end that I think children would really enjoy – and I can say in all honestly that I did not see it coming!
Aside from the cover, the book has no illustrations. In lieu of illustrations, children reading the book (or being read to) are encouraged to read the book from start to finish and then use their imagination to draw their own pictures interpreting the story. Each page is designed to look like an old weathered scroll and has some text and a wide space where a child can draw a picture. What I love about the design is that the text is so descriptive that it gives some direction to children for what to draw and which features to include in their picture.

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