Sam’s Super Seats

Penguin/Kokila. Aug. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593323892.
PreS-Gr 3–This back-to-school story has a welcoming spin for those who are differently-abled; Brown, who identifies as a disabled activist, introduces readers to Sam, a little girl with a big personality who does not allow her physical condition to affect her negatively. Sam has cerebral palsy and sometimes requires rest for her tired legs. When it’s time for a break, she finds a super seat, any spot where she and her friends when they are around can rest. In the story, Sam’s mom takes her and two friends shopping. They find new outfits, give plenty of compliments, and look forward to their new school year. Brown’s lively text carries the plot and allows the reader to hear Sam’s voice and personality. Miller creates spirited scenes that offer a glimpse of Sam’s movements, immerse readers in Sam’s world, her matter-of-fact attitude, her kind and very mainstream friends (a diverse group, while Sam and her family are Black), and the overlap of Sam’s normal with everyone else’s.
VERDICT Regardless of differences, this is a back-to-school tale that captures the excitement and anticipation of this special time of year; the treatment of Sam’s working with her particular body while surpassing expectations and living life to the fullest is one every child can relate to. Recommended for all those teaching acceptance and tolerance in all aspects of life.

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