Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review: This Morning Sam Went to Mars by Nancy Carlson

 I received an ecopy of this book from Netgalley. This book is all about the day dreamers. You know those of us who are locked inside our heads most of the day. It certainly makes like more interesting. However, we often then lose focus and don't pay attention when we should.

8 year old Sam is a daydreamer. He is constantly told to "focus". Yet he keeps slipping back into his dream world. Sam visits a doctor who gives him strategies to stay focused. But most importantly she tells him that his daydreaming is a sign that he has a strong brain.

I love that this book does not belittle those of us who live in dream worlds. Sam is given simple strategies for keeping his focus. Some of them are eating better food and asking for help. Sam's favorite strategy is to make time for imagination. It is not easy at first but the more he does it the easier it becomes. I love the doctor lets Sam know that his daydreaming means that he has a powerful brain. The illustrations were fun in this one.

This was a little above my sons comprehension level but he loved the pictures and seeing Sam daydream of going to Mars. I think when he is a bit older this will be the perfect book for him. One of his learning problems has to do with focus so this will be great for him. I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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