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Sam and the Big Kids
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Paperback | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823430604 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Family & Relationships, Acceptance & Belonging
Recommendations: A, C, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K: RF.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RI. 1, 4, 6, 9, RL.-1-10
1: L.1, RF.1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RI.6, 9, RL.1-9, SL.4, W.7-8
2: RL.1-7, SL.4, W.7-8

About the Book
Poor Sam! He wants to play with the big kids. "You are too small," they tell him. "Go home." They hide from Sam, then they won't let him play in their fort. But when the big kids need help, who saves the day? Sam, of course!

New readers will relate to being excluded by older kids, and they'll cheer for Sam when he shows that he can help, even though he's not big. Watercolor illustrations with pen-and-ink highlight the subtle emotions in this charming book.


"Young kids who know what it's like to be told 'you're too little' will relate to Sam's story, cheer Sam's heroism, and delight in their own achievement of reading this all by themselves.—The Bulletin

"SAM will strike home with little brothers and sisters everywhere who always get left out when the 'big kids' are playing . . . Superb . . . for the very earliest readers ."—School Library Journal

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!


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