Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan
Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan
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Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan

Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell & illustrated by Amy June Bates
Published by Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Sam the Man wants to earn some money and he’s got a cluck-worthy plan in this endearing chapter book that’s the first in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man needs a job. Even his sister gets twenty bucks a pop for mowing people’s lawns! But seven-year-olds aren’t allowed to mow lawns, so Sam decides to ask his next door neighbor if she needs help doing other chores. It turns out she’ll pay him a whole dollar each time he can convince her dad, Mr. Stockfish, to join him for a walk. But it turns out that getting Mr. Stockfish to leave the living room isn’t easy. AND a dollar a pop isn’t going to cut it. So when Mrs. Kerner, another neighbor, asks if Sam would like to watch her chickens, Sam jumps on the task. You can count on him, yes indeed. Watching chickens is more fun than he expects, and comes with an added bonus: it turns out that visiting the chickens is the one thing that can coax Mr. Stockfish out of the house! But what does a seven-year-old do with all the money he’s earning? It’s too little for a bike, and too much for candy. But wait! It’s just enough for a chicken of his own—the kind that lays BLUE eggs! Soon he has a whole waiting list of kids who want to buy a blue egg. And what does Sam plan on doing with his new fortune? Buy Mr. Stockfish his own chicken, of course!

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  • This book is a great opportunity to talk to your children about budgeting. As them what Sam uses his money for throughout the story. Did it end up being a good purchase each time? Talk about the different feelings you get from working hard for money, saving it, spending it, or saving up for an exciting purchase--like a chicken!


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Book Details

Publication Date
August 30, 2016
Text Details
The text for this book was set in New Century Schoolbook.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book are rendered in pencil.
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Reading Age
6 - 9 years
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