Seldovia Sam and the Very Large Clam

Seldovia Sam and the Very Large Clam

by Susan Woodward Springer, Amy Meissner
     
 

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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

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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.

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From the Publisher
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:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Misadventures of Seldovia Sam Series, #1
Edition description:
Number 1 in the series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,316,050
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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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

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