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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, March 15, 2013
"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, May 1, 2013
"Tambellini's illustrations complement the action beautifully. . ." Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013
THE NEW NEIGHBORS
A new family moved in next door.
Sam watched from his tree house. Well, maybe watched wasn't the right word. But he listened carefully. Finally Sam heard what he had been waiting for.
"Charlie, don't forget your baseball mitt!"
"Charlie, stay where I can see you!"
"Charlie, time to come in for lunch!"
Sam climbed down from the tree house, hurried next door, and rang the bell. A girl about his age opened the door.
"Hi, I'm your neighbor," said Sam.
"Here," said the girl.
"Here where?" said Sam.
"Me!" said the girl. "I'm Charlie."
"No way," said Sam. "Charlie is a boy's name." He looked down at Charlie's baseball mitt. "Isn't it?"
"I was named for my great-grandmother Charlene," explained Charlie. "But I'm warning you: Never call me Charlene."
"Who's this?" asked a smaller girl, coming up behind Charlie.
"I'm Sam," answered Sam.
"No way," said the girl. "That's a girl's name."
"Sam, meet my little sister," said Charlie. "She's Sam too, named after Great-Grandma Samantha."
Sam grinned. "Welcome to the neighborhood, Charlie and Sam Too," he said. "How about a game of catch?"
Excerpted from Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!) by Leslie Kimmelman, Stefano Tambellini. Copyright © 2013 Leslie Kimmelman. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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