Sam and Char­lie (and Sam Too!)

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By – May 13, 2013

Sam watch­es as new neigh­bors move in next door. When he hears they have a child named Char­lie, he’s excit­ed to meet him. But Char­lie, short for Char­lene, is a girl! And to make mat­ters worse, Char­lie has a lit­tle sis­ter named Sam (Sam, Too).

Char­lie plays base­ball, and she and Sam become good friends. They are soon play­ing catch, shar­ing hamen­taschen, and help­ing each oth­er. All goes well until Sam’s hon­esty gets him in trou­ble. Now Char­lie won’t even talk to him. What’s a friend to do? With Yom Kip­pur — I’m Sor­ry Day — just around the cor­ner, will Sam and Char­lie find the courage to for­give and forget?

Sam and Char­lie (And Sam Too) is an ear­ly chap­ter book designed for 6 – 8 year olds. It is a sweet sto­ry of friend­ship, col­or­ful­ly and cheer­ful­ly illus­trat­ed. Kim­mel­man seam­less­ly weaves in infor­ma­tion about Purim and Yom Kip­pur. It is a sto­ry any young child will enjoy read­ing, a sto­ry about the give-and-take be- tween friends and what it takes to keep a good friend­ship togeth­er. Sam and Char­lie (And Sam Too) is high­ly recommended.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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