Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine
Author & Illustrator: Evaline Ness
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Year: 1966
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: ALA Notable, Caldecott Medal
Summary: Sam was a fisherman's daughter who lied all the time. Her father warned her to talk REAL and not MOONSHINE, but she continued to send her neighbor Thomas on wild searches for her pet kangaroo. Unfortunately, one day a search gets Thomas and Sam's cat Bangs stuck on a rock in the middle of high tide. Bangs gets washed into the sea, but he shows back up that night. Sam apologizes to Thomas and gives him a baby gerbil that her father has given her (that looks like a kangaroo!) The illustrations perfectly show the fantasy of Sam's dreams against the reality of the story.
Classroom Ideas: Sam learns the importance of telling the truth and the difference between reality and fantasy.