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The One and Only Sam

A Story Explaining Idioms for Children with Asperger Syndrome and Other Communication Difficulties
  • Author
    • Aileen Stalker
  • Illustrator
    • Bob Spencer
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One rainy morning after breakfast, Sam's Mother said to his Father, "My goodness, George, it is raining cats and dogs outside." "That's strange," thought Sam. When he looked up into the sky outside, he couldn't see any cats and dogs anywhere, no matter where he looked. All he could see were giant raindrops and big puddles...

The One and Only Sam is the story of a boy who, like many children, struggles to understand non-literal expressions. This can be a particular problem for children with Asperger Syndrome, who tend to be literal thinkers. Throughout the story, Sam encounters a range of common idioms - such as "curiosity killed the cat," "on top of the world," and "full of beans" - each of which is accompanied by an illustration of its literal meaning and one depicting its actual meaning, helping children to explore what the idioms sound like and why they might mean what they do. The book also suggests simple steps that children can take whenever they encounter new and unfamiliar idioms that are not covered in the book. A glossary, and a list of additional books and websites, provides further resources to help children learn about idioms and their origins.

The One and Only Sam provides a fresh and fun approach to exploring common idioms for all children aged 5 to 8, as well as those with Asperger Syndrome and communication difficulties.
  • Published: Nov 15 2009
  • Pages: 64
  • 285 x 220mm
  • ISBN: 9781849050401
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Press Reviews

  • Journal of Autism and developmental Disorders

    This book gives examples, origins, and explanations of idioms... was designed for children with Asperger syndrome... this book very useful for children with communication disorders, thir families and early intervention professionals.
  • Frontline

    with its well-organised format and extensive coverage of most frequently-used idioms, it should take its deserved place in any teacher's reference book shelf.
  • Bookwatch

    "The One and Only Sam" is a valuable resource for children with Asperger's or other special communication needs and their parents and teachers.
  • Book News Inc.

    This 11.25x9" picture book is written especially for children with Asperger syndrome and other communication difficulties, but will also be entertaining for siblings and other children ages 5-8...The book suggests simple steps children can take when they encounter other unfamiliar idioms, and includes a glossary of further idioms and lists of books and web sites.
  • The Midwest Book Review

    The One And Only Sam is more than a picturebook story - it tells of a boy who struggles to understand non-literal expressions and it covers definitions of these expressions in the course of the story line. Kids ages 5-8 will learn about idioms in an easy manner and provides simple guidelines kids can use whenever they cover new idioms not covered here.