“Sam in the Trees” by Alexandra L Cohen and illustrated by Andrew Craft
Sam is an 8 year old, turning 9 years old boy, who LOVES to climb trees. The bigger the better. His only problem is he is scared to climb down the trees. On his birthday he decides to climb the biggest and best tree in the forest. When he couldn’t climb down he falls asleep. The next thing he knows he’s on an adventure. The adventure takes him to meet all kinds of animals, all around the world. They teach him how to be brave.
We LOVED this book. The illustration are really cute and the story is so positive. My 7 year old had no problem reading through the story and my 4 year old now wants to climb trees and meet the animals Sam did. I think it’s cute, when I was a kid I would climb all kinds of trees, the higher the better. My problem was like Sam’s, climbing down sometimes was a problem.
I think the only negative for my kids would be the long pages of words and not enough pictures. But that is the age they are at, they love lots of images to go with the story. However that hasn’t stopped them from wanting to read it over and over.
My kids want to read and look at the pictures all the time. It’s become one of their favorite books for the summer. I can see this as a perfect book for the classroom too. It brings out the imagination in kids and also teaches some very valuable life lessons.