Sam in Winter ( Ages 6+ )
By ; Edward van de Vendel( Author ) Philip Hopman (illustrator)
Publisher ; Eerdmans Books ( April 2017 )
The compelling second installment of "A dog like Sam" further explores the relationship between Sam, a stray dog and Kix, a nine-year old boy. The story is presented to young readers through Kix`s thoughts and observations. It is complete with a number of vivid characters and absorbing episodes.
Kix at the beginning is still a boy whose mother reads to him at night. But as time passes and when winter arrives, Kix starts to learn about life through Sam. The coming of age of this little boy is expressed to readers when Kix refuses to be read to, by his mom. When Sam disappears into the deep winter, Kix becomes more and more agitated. In his desperation he turns to a one time enemy for help.....
The rich and subtle text flows. And the plot addresses deep emotions; grief, hope, love and life. An emotionally moving, brilliant classic! It`s a book not to be missed by the early readers. Edward van de Venel is an award winning Dutch author.
( With many thanks to Eerdmans Books and NetGally for the ARC )