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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Samuel and His Brave Spoon by Diane K. Quimby is an adorable story about self-discovery and self-acceptance. Samuel always heard his name as O Samuel Shy and he heard his mother saying the same thing when she took him to school the first day. Samuel felt nervous and uneasy when grownups asked him questions and gave him directions. Nothing at school looked like what Samuel was used to at home. He sat at the Blue Table in his classroom. It had six chairs around its four sides and Samuel wondered how he would find his place. What happened when the teacher came into the class? Read the story to find out how she helped Samuel become comfortable in class with the aid of a spoon.
The concept is relatable and many children will be able to connect with Samuel. The illustrations and photographs are wonderful and they bring the story alive. The tips to make collages and stories using common household items are helpful, fun, and interactive. That idea also introduces children to the concept of reducing and reusing before recycling. It is an excellent book that can be used for fun and activities sessions in classrooms and at homes. It is a good way to make art more appealing to children. I like the way the author knits in the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling along with Samuel's story of self-acceptance. The approach to the topic is refreshing and unique and I would recommend this book to everyone because of its wonderful concept.