Children's Literature - Heidi GreenSam's sweater has shrunk ... or has it? Actually, Sam has grown, but how did it happen? That is the question that's answered in this delightfully illustrated, funny and informative addition to the "Sam's Science" series of books. Sam and his mother (appropriately called "Mom") debunk some popular misconceptions about growing and produce factual answers in easy to understand language. Cells are likened to the stitches in a sweater, and where they come from is simple multiplication. Rowan's realistic conversational style makes the book easy to read, and McEwen's bright, fanciful colors keep it interesting.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-These picture books contain simple facts loosely tied to health-science themes. In Cells, Sam's complaint about his sweater shrinking leads Mom to explain that his bones, muscles, and skin are all growing. Drawings show how cells grow and split to make more cells. Sam giggles when his mother's pants split and exclaims, "You're growing out instead of up!" In the second book, a wiggly tooth at bath time leads mother and son to a discussion about fluoride; brushing; the parts of a tooth; and, finally, sharks, which keep growing new teeth all of their lives. Labeled drawings show the layers of a tooth as well as placement in the mouth. The information presented in the books is simple and accurate. The colorful cartoons, mixed with text in a handwritten style, make them inviting. Unfortunately, the similarity of poses, clothing, and expressions (Mom has exactly the same look on her face whether sorting laundry or speaking to Sam) rob the characters of any personality. Useful additions for libraries building science/health collections for the very young.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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