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The Story of the Samson
ISBN: 9781580891844
Author: Duble, Kathleen Benner
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Published: July 2008
Retail: $7.95    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Duble uses actual events to weave a tale about the "Samson" and its many voyages, from the demise of the "Titanic" to an appearance at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwate
Target Age Group: Age 8-9
Target Grade: Grade 3-4
Grade level: Grade 3-4
Physical Information: 0.18" H x 9.86" L x 8.11" W (0.50 lbs) 47 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 123479
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Sam is enthralled by his grandpa's tales of seal trapping, dramatic rescues, and brutal storms while aboard the Samson, a Norwegian schooner. The story Sam loves best is how Grandpa built his house from salvaged timber from the Samson wreck. Though the adventures are exciting, shifts in narration are jarring. Well-executed oil illustrations enhance this sea story about a real ship. Reading list, timeline, websites. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 January)

Gr 2–5—Duble offers facts and myths about the Samson's nautical past through a conversation over a scrapbook between a boy named for the vessel and his seaman grandfather. The schooner's proximity to—and failure to respond to—the Titanic disaster is presented as a real part of its history. The author offers resources including books and Web sites and explains in a note the controversy around this legend. Actual facts, including the vessel's rescue of Ernest Shackleton's crewmates, explorations to Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd, and a place in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, are also presented and are chronicled in the time line. Full-spread oil paintings of the adventures appear with inset yellowed scrapbook images and scenes of the boy and his grandfather. While portraits are not Farquharson's strong point, his likenesses are confirmed by photos that appear on the end pages. After it sank, the Samson ended up as the wood used in houses on the Nova Scotia coast. Fans of nautical fiction will enjoy this work, as will patrons looking for books on family history, grandparents, and exploration and adventure.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library

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