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Looking for hi-lo books? Sammy’s Day at the Fair fits.

Looking for hi-lo books? Sammy’s Day at the Fair qualifies. Jon Roland of Maryland, Presidential Award Winner for Math and Science Teaching, tells it this way: children find nothing more interesting than bodily functions, junk food, and fairs. So Sammy’s Day at the Fair, covering all those topics, has the high-interest side nailed.  As for the low side the hi-lo equation, Sammy combines science with an entertaining story using a low reading-difficulty approach.

Jon and other award-winning teachers verify this claim. Natalie Rasmussen, Milken National Educator Award winner from Minnesota, says that Sammy’s phonetic glossary of biological terms is extremely well-done. She also says the book’s information is accurate and presented in a way that relates to all readers. David O’Shields, Milken National Educator Award winner from South Carolina, says Sammy’s Day at the Fair is easy to follow as well as to teach. He wishes he would have had it when he was teaching the same material to middle-grade students. And Joan Baltezore, Milken National Educator Award winner from North Dakota likes it too. She says that Sammy’s Day at the Fair is a great book; it does a great job of blending humor with a very clear and understandable description of the digestive system. 

A Series of Sammy Hi-Lo Books?

We always intended to make a series of Sammy books. We have two follow-up hi-lo books under development. But we are holding off until the first Sammy book shows at least a minor bit of success in the marketplace. As much as it is loved by notable teachers who have endorsed it, children and parents who have read it, and contest judges who have evaluated it, Sammy’s Day at the Fair: The Digestive System, featuring Gut Feelings and Reactions has attained almost no public exposure. We will examine that issue in another blog very soon.

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