Seldovia Sam and the Very Large Clam

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Youngsters will love reading about  the misadventures of Sam, a fictitious eight-year-old boy from Seldovia, Alaska, who slips in and out of trouble—but always learns something in the process. In book one, Sam wants to find the biggest clam ever. He's digging so hard that he doesn't notice when the tide comes in. Will Dad get back with help in time? Come along with Sam on each exciting adventure as he discovers the wilderness right outside his door in Seldovia, Alaska. Read all the books in this growing ...

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Youngsters will love reading about  the misadventures of Sam, a fictitious eight-year-old boy from Seldovia, Alaska, who slips in and out of trouble—but always learns something in the process. In book one, Sam wants to find the biggest clam ever. He's digging so hard that he doesn't notice when the tide comes in. Will Dad get back with help in time? Come along with Sam on each exciting adventure as he discovers the wilderness right outside his door in Seldovia, Alaska. Read all the books in this growing series, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam.

Youngsters will love following the misadventures of Sam, a fictitious eight-year-old boy from Seldovia, Alaska, who slips in and out of trouble--but always learns something in the process. In book one, Sam wants to find the biggest clam ever. He's digging so hard that he doesn't notice when the tide comes in. Will Dad get back with help in time? Come along with Sam on each exciting adventure as he discovers the wilderness right outside his door in Seldovia, Alaska. Keep an eye out for upcoming books in the series, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam.

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Beginning readers will enjoy Sam's adventures, because he always seems to find mischief, even when he has the best intentions. The illustrations bring Sam and his dog, Neptune, to life for readers and will help those struggling with the story to better understand it and the characters that Springer has created.

Sam is a delightful young person who will draw beginning chapter book readers into his rugged life in the Alaskan wilderness.
                  ——Lynn Evarts, Book Reviews, ForeWord magazine

Children's Literature
Sam is looking forward to digging clams with Dad. On the way to the clam beds at Jakolof Bay, Dad stops for a moment to chat with a friend. Uh oh! Melody Chambers, the know-it-all queen of elementary school is there and she doesn't hesitate to tell Sam that the clams at Jakolof Bay are puny. Unfortunately, it seems that Melody is right. Sam and Dad are pulling only little clams from the mud at the bay's edge. Sam is determined to prove Melody wrong and find the biggest clam ever. "I'm going to try digging by that island," Sam tells Dad. Sam figures no one digs out there and it is likely the clams grow huge. Dad says yes but tells Sam he had best be quick because the tide is turning. Sam finds an enormous clam—possibly the king of all clams—and is wrestling it from the sand. He has forgotten Dad's warning and pays no attention to the rising tide. Predictably he finds himself trapped on the little island by the tide with no way to get to the shore. Now Dad is off to get help and Sam is wondering just how high the water will rise. Young readers will enjoy the tale of Sam's misadventure and will learn a bit about life in the isolated Alaska town of Seldovia. This paperback book is the first in a soon-to-be-published series about Sam's misadventures. Illustrated with black and white drawings. 2003, Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 8.
— Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This title presents a glimpse at the life of a young boy and his canine pal. During his quest for a giant clam, Sam forgets his dad's admonition to be watchful of the tide, and he and Neptune become stranded on a small island. There is a bit of suspense as Sam struggles to free himself from clam-bed muck while the water rises, loses his new too-large boot, and makes his way to safety with one bare foot across rocks and broken shells. The moments of tension are balanced by a homey denouement featuring the cooking of the hard-earned giant clam, and the surprise reappearance of the lost boot. The Alaska setting, where Sam's mom is a bush pilot and his fisherman dad is pictured as man enough to don a frilly apron while making chowder, is described in detail and adds flavor to this beginning chapter book. Meissner's black-and-white cartoon-style watercolors are a bit subdued, but the story should find a readership.-Sue Sherif, Alaska State Library, Anchorage Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405704
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Misadventures of Seldovia Sam Series , #1
  • Edition description: Number 1 in the series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,000,026
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Woodward Springer grew up in a fishing village on the coast of Maine. She attended college in Maine and Vermont, and moved to Alaska in 1985 where she developed the series, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam.  She loves the outdoors and spent many years exploring the backcountry around the real town of Seldovia, Alaska before relocating back to the continental United States.

Her previous publications include Seldovia, Alaska: An Historical Portrait of Life in Herring Bay (Blue Willow, Ind. 1997). And an environmental education color book commission in 1995 by Alyeska Pipeline Co. Her text and interactive pen pal program featuring Alaska schools, titled Alaska…Pure Poetry, is part of Alyeska’s environmental education program and was selected by the Smithsonian Museum gift shop to complement the Alaska Pipeline exhibit.  A portion of the author’s proceeds from The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam have been earmarked for the Alaska Children’s Trust.

Susan Woodward Springer, an artist and writer currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

 Amy Meissner completed her undergraduate degrees in art and textiles in Nevada and spent several years as a clothing designer in the United States and Canada. Amy received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, while focusing on her artwork in her spare time. Besides her existing illustrations in the expanding series entitled, The Misadventures of Seldovia Sam, she has illustrated three other children’s books.

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