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Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan

Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell & illustrated by Amy June Bates
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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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  • "The chicken lived in a coop in Mrs. Kerner's backyard, which was four backyards down from Sam's. Mrs. Kerner had only had her chickens for three weeks, so Sam didn't know them very well."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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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Who Wrote Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan

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Frances O’Roark Dowell

Frances O’Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Award; Where I’d Like to Be; The Secret Language of Girls and its sequels The Kind of Friends We Used to Be and The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away; Chicken Boy; Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal; the Phineas L. MacGuire series; Falling In; the critically acclaimed The Second Life of Abigail Walker; Anybody Shining; Ten Miles Past Normal; Trouble the Water; and most recently the Sam the Man series. She lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at FrancesDowell.com.

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Who Illustrated Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan

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Amy June Bates

Amy June Bates has illustrated books including the Sam the Man series, Sweet Dreams and That’s What I’d Do, both by singer-songwriter Jewel; and Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9781481440660
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.
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2015007119
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
1002345219
ASIN/ISBN 10:
1481440667
Lexile:
640L
Accelerated Reader Points:
1.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
184413
ATOS Book Level:
3.7
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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