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Children's LiteratureSam the lamb has a terrible cold. And only a delightfully silly romp in the barnyard with his friends will help him get a much-needed sneeze out. One by one, Sam's friends try their own way of helping him, only to fail time and time again. In the end, everyone working together brings Sam what he so needs. The illustrations are expressive and light-hearted and balance the story from the first picture of Sam on the title page—obviously in need of a good "baa-choo"—to the last picture of relief when his friends say, "Bless you." Children will enjoy the predictability and progression of the story with its singsong rhythm. Also, the book contains enough simple words and repetition to become a favorite of beginning readers. It gives children the perfect opportunity to learn new words that are similar to words they already know, as on page 18 where Sam sniffed, snorted, snuffed, huffed, puffed, and stuffed. This is part of the "I Can Read" series. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Cathy Puett Miller