PPBF: Sam’s Sandwich

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Author/Illustrator: David Pelham
Publisher: Dutton, 1991 (first American edition)
Ages: 3-8yrs
Themes: siblings, sandwiches, stories in rhyme
Opening: Samantha liked to sit and dream of doughnuts filled with chocolate cream, giant burgers, heaps of fries, frosty shakes and cherry pies. Shortly after Sunday luncheon Samantha wanted more to munch on. “Oh, Sam,” she wailed, “what can I eat? I need a really special treat.”
Summary: (from Amazon) When Samantha needs a really special treat to munch on, her devious brother Sam knows just what to make: a sandwich with everything on it. A sandwich-shaped, foldout book, Sam?s Sandwich invites young readers to peel back the lettuce, tomato, and other ingredients to discover Sam?s rhyming, crawling surprises.

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I like this book because: Because it was delightful to read to my children hundreds of times, and over and over. And one more time? Sure! As you can see from the photos, the book has seen a lot of love: unfolding, folding, unfolding again, shouting out the end rhymes and giggling all the way.

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Resources/activities: Make a real sandwich with everything on it (just don’t take your eyes off it!); Create a paper sandwich, like this one HERE; discuss insects in the garden – which are pests and which are beneficial; Do other cultures eat any of these insects? Find out together.

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For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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And a wee coloring sheet, for those equipped with crayons:

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33 thoughts on “PPBF: Sam’s Sandwich

  1. just what we all need… a sandwich with EVERYTHING on it! I know that when we’ve grabbed lettuce from the garden and tossed it on our sandwiches we’ve been surprised by extra lunch guests…

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  2. This is a fun book, Julie. I should get it for my husband. If I found anything *extra* in my sandwich he would just say. “that comes free and adds extra *body,* don’t complain”. 🙂 Great find, love it!

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