Sam Who Was Swallowed by a Shark

Phyllis Root, Author, Axel Scheffler, Illustrator Candlewick Press (MA) $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56402-198-4
Sam has always wanted to go to sea, but his neighbors, Mr. Barleybean and Mrs. Seednibbler, try to convince him that ``rats should have their paws planted firmly on the ground.'' Sam remains determined nevertheless, and his dream becomes a reality as he buy a boat-building kit and then hammers, saws, sandpapers and caulks a sailboat into existence. At last he can bob downstream to ``the sea of his heart's desire.'' As months pass without word from the seafarer, his neighbors are convinced he has met a terrible end (`` `Poor Sam,' said Mrs. Seednibbler. `Swallowed by a shark.' ''); in fact, Sam is sailing ``faraway,'' happy as can be. Understated prose interspersed with chipper dialogue captures the clarity of Sam's ambition while the even pacing underlines his quiet persistence and progress. Imbued with a fresh sense of color, Scheffler's clean-lined illustrations evoke a woodland community of hardworking river rats. A bucolic atmosphere reigns, the title adding just a touch of dark humor. Ages 3-up. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994
Release date: 05/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-1-56402-955-3
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-10297-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-78924-0
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