Fix It, Sam

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Sam can fix anything. At least that's what little brother Petey thinks. Petey wants to make something wonderful—but he can't help making a mess along the way. It's a good thing his big brother Sam is always there to fix his mistakes
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Overview

Sam can fix anything. At least that's what little brother Petey thinks. Petey wants to make something wonderful—but he can't help making a mess along the way. It's a good thing his big brother Sam is always there to fix his mistakes
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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1
Petey thinks his older brother, Sam, can fix anything, especially the messes he makes. But when Sam can't fix the younger boy's sagging chair tent, it's Petey who is the solution-literally. The text is comprised of short and simple phrases, but it's really the illustrations that tell the story. They show Sam, complete with tool belt, as a helpful older brother clearly aware that his sibling is taking advantage of his fix-it reputation. Ramá's use of water-soluble crayon with watercolors creates colorful pictures that manage to be detailed, emotive, and childlike all at the same time. The artist captures the active nature of a toddler and the knowing looks of an older brother. Her addition of two stuffed animals that closely follow the action is a nice touch for alert readers. This story works as a read-aloud and as a beginning reader.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Toddler Petey's hero is his brother Sam, who can fix anything, as he proves again and again in the brothers' latest outing. Petey is trying hard to build a special fort, but his desires and abilities often do not coincide. He needs help cleaning up the toys he has ransacked, replacing the pillowcase, putting the books back on the shelf and un-snagging the blanket from the top bunk. At every turn, he asks Sam for help, and though Sam's eyes may roll, he never fails to come to the rescue. Petey does his part by thanking Sam and providing encouragement. But it's Petey who finds the final solution to the sagging blanket tent, proclaiming that he can fix anything. The love between the brothers and Petey's toddler enthusiasm are obvious in Rama's pencil, crayon and watercolor illustrations. The roughly drawn edges, bright colors and sometimes scribbled style suit the text's exuberance perfectly. A loving tribute to brothers everywhere; may Sam's stories continue. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915987
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Ries was born in Syracuse, New York, the eldest of four children. She discovered a love for storytelling as a young child and wrote her first story when she was just ten years old. It was a short story called "Jo-Jo the Raccoon" based on a true story about a baby raccoon that Lori's grandfather found on the side of the road and brought home for his children to raise. Lori lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her husband and three children.
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