Thursday, August 1, 2013
Samantha on a Roll
Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books
Publication Year: 2011
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Charlotte Zolotow Award, Kirkus starred review
Summary: In rhyming text, this is the story of the brash Samantha who wants to learn to skate. Even though her mother doesn't have time to teach her, she takes off to teach herself (without her mother's knowledge.) Despite not knowing how to brake, she heads up Hawthorne Hill and heads down, destroying everything in her path. When she sees a kite, she rides it home where her mother is now ready to teach her to skate! The colored pencil and watercolor illustrations perfectly capture Samantha's facial expressions and her body language.
Classroom Ideas: There is some great vocabulary (flustered, swerving, snags) and some onomatopoeia. Samantha is a captivating character as well.