Sammy the Seal

by Syd Hoff

Other authorsSyd Hoff (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2000

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HarperCollins (2000), 64 pages


Anxious to see what life is like outside the zoo, Sammy the seal explores the city, goes to school, and plays with the children but decides that there really is no place like home.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Sammy the seal likes life at the zoo, but he wants to see what things are like outside. He enjoys himself, especially at school, but in the end he is happy to go home to the zoo.
LibraryThing member cmiller05
This story is both Fantasy as Sammy the Seal talks and people hear him and he goes to school. It is also Historical Fiction as it is fiction that was written over 50 years. The setting has a very clear time and place of a big city in the late 60's. You can mostly see this through the illustrations.
LibraryThing member hnnewton
This book could be used to motivate children to like school. Sammy the Seal leaves the zoo to enjoy school for a day. The children will think school is fun because Sammy the Seal thought so. This would be a book for the lower levels of elementary education.
LibraryThing member eward06
This represents a Modern Fantasy because the story would not be possible in real life. The story holds some truth in that seals are real creatures, but the setting is very make-believe. The media used in this book is sketches and colored pencil. Sammy the seal is a round character. As the story
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unfolds we continually find out more about him and his curiosity. He is revealed through his actions, thoughts, appearance, and the narrator.
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LibraryThing member dreamer2000
Good story for a early reader the story is a little long for a child just starting to read, however it is a cute story and the pictures help you understand the story.
LibraryThing member Mahiro
This book is about the seal`s adventure story. His name is "Sammy". He is interested in outside. But he belongs a zoo. He wants to go out.

I thik this book is easy to read and interesting. I enjoyed reading this book.
LibraryThing member kiku-chi
This story about anxious to see what life is like outside the zoo,Sammy the seal exploves the city,goes to school,and plays with the children but decides that there really is no place like home.
I like are cute and Sammy is funny.
All of people around him are very kind.
I think this is the
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heartwarming story!
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LibraryThing member justkaye
This is a classic story about a seal who is curious as to what lies beyond the confines of the city zoo. He escapes and explores the city ending up in a school classroom. The teacher lets Sammy stay and he learns to read, write and play with the other children. As Sammy becomes more and more hungry
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his comfortable home in the zoo calls his name. Sammy thanks the class for the wonderful time and heads off back home. This book is great for a 1st-3rd grade classroom. It has simple illustration and simple sentences that would appeal to an early reader. This book would be great in the classroom to:
-have children think about the different themes in the book
-talk about how the book is about 50 years old
-explore the simple illustrations and the mediums used
-have children read at home or in the classroom
-base a unit around Sammy
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
Read this while shopping for other things in Barnes & Noble. Sweet enough message that there's no place like home, but kinda strange, that for the seal, that he prefers the zoo! I know, I know, it's fiction, but it just struck me as odd today. Some other day, and I might have felt more sappy and
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sentimental about this story.
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LibraryThing member pussreboots
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff is about a seal who needs a break from zoo. So the zookeeper gives him the day off. Sammy heads into to town, meets all sorts of folks and ends up at a school, where he learns to read!

It's a silly premise, the what if being a zoo animal is a job like anything an adult
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human might do. There was a year long anime series that had the same premise: Polar Bear Café which had characters who either worked at the zoo or at other jobs around town.

There's just something endearing about animals and people living together — animals working side by side as salarymen.
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LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
Sammy is bored in the zoo and wants to see the world. And being a good seal, the zookeeper lets him.

Cute children's book found at a library sale.




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