Mapping Sam

By: Joyce Hesselberth

Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger.
From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy's first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.
But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled due to dishonest deals made behind his back, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012.
Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: "Amazing Grace."
Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.
Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint, gouache, and digital collage.

ISBN: 9780062741226

JLG Release: Nov 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Cats , Neighborhoods , Maps , Animals , Science and nature

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Awards & Honors

2019 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Winner, Beginning Nonfiction
NYPL Best Books for Kids - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Once Sam the cat makes sure her family is asleep, she sets out to explore the neighborhood. Hesselberth uses this conceit to build a playful yet informative narrative based around cartography. First readers explore an neighborhood map of the feline’s initial travels before embarking on a journey that will take them to the edge of the universe and Once Sam the cat makes sure her family is asleep, she sets out to explore the neighborhood. Hesselberth uses this conceit to build a playful yet informative narrative based around cartography. First readers explore an neighborhood map of the feline’s initial travels before embarking on a journey that will take them to the edge of the universe and back. Hesselberth’s maps range widely, from diagrams of Sam’s anatomy, a plant, and a water molecule to charts of planets and stars to architectural drawings. Some common cartography terms like compass rose and legend are defined. The spare text emphasizes ways readers can find patterns and relationships in their surroundings and the artwork—done in watercolor, acrylic paint, gouache, and digital collage—presents this information visually. Hesselberth’s Sam is perfectly catlike as her expressions shift among bemusement, curiosity, and sass. Additional context about each type of map is provided at the end of the book. These thumbnails will prove useful for ­older readers or adults working with beginners. Librarians will also want to seek out Julie Dillemuth’s Mapping My Day and Loreen Leedy’s Mapping Penny’s World to extend conversations on this subject. VERDICT­ An eye-catching introduction to maps, charts, and diagrams for the youngest of cartographers.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

Book Details

ISBN

9780062741226

First Release

November 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow Bks.

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Cats, Neighborhoods, Maps, Animals, Science and nature,

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