Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1959.
The story opens with feeding time at the zoo. After being fed all the animals are happy, all except one – Sammy the seal. Sammy wants to explore the outside world so the zookeeper lets him. During his exploration he looks for a place to swim and is turned away every time he finds some water. When he comes to a school, he goes in and learns to read and plays at recess with the students. At the end of the day, Sammy heads back to the zoo where he belongs and tells the others of his adventures.
The controlled vocabulary in Sammy the Seal makes this picture book a good one for students ready to start reading books on their own. Syd Hoff’s story line and illustrations in this I Can Read Book are appealing to younger children.
Sammy the Seal would be a great addition to your leveled reader or early reading library.
Sammy the Seal was one of the stories in my Syd Hoff Story time. All the books and activities for this story time can be found in my Library Lady blog post.
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