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SID AND SAM by Nola Buck


by Nola Buck & illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 31st, 1996
ISBN: 0-06-025371-1
Publisher: HarperCollins

 Sid and Sam sing a song. They sing a long song. It is funny. Yes, this is a My First I Can Read Book, in which Buck (Christmas in the Manger, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) either mirrors or mocks basic primers. Readers can decide. Sid, an African-American girl, and Sam, a red-headed boy, see each other and he begins to sing. Sid sings, too, and louder. Sam asks her to sing lower, so she gets low to the ground. Sam comments that her song is ``so long'' and she responds ``So long?'' ``See you soon!'' Sam says as he exits. The humor is pretty simple, and the puns will be clear to all but the youngest beginning readers, although the illustrations help with the jokes. Karas broadens the humor in his watercolors, giving the story a full park setting with statue, pond, benches, and animals dancing in the background. The whole endeavor runs to blatant exaggeration, but the effect is distinctly childlike. (Picture book. 3-6)