by May Justus

Feels like a Classic

Rated 5 out of 5
December 15, 2020

This is a cute book that read like a true classic. It reminds me about the good ole days but doesn’t feel like it was written a long time ago.


Wonderful Chapter Book

Rated 5 out of 5
June 10, 2020

This chapter book is wonderful. I really like the time period it covers. The characters in the book work hard and live very simple lives. It helps plant gratitude for the things that we have and take for granted. The main character really just wants a pair of shoes, one pair of pants, and one shirt.

Maryanne M

A gem!

Rated 5 out of 5
June 1, 2020

May Justus is such an amazing story writer! This sweet story of Sammy includes the beauty of family love! Also hard work, friendship, and perseverance are part of this fun story. My kiddos especially love the “songs”!!


It Grew on Me

Rated 5 out of 5
May 22, 2020

At first I was put off by some of the old language that we don’t use, but then as we kept reading I didn’t mind it and even found it interesting. The story is cute and simple. My kids enjoyed it and loved that there was printed music included so we could hear the tune at the piano.

Mackenzie S

Good book with a good message

Rated 5 out of 5
May 20, 2020

We’ve read a lot of the Good and the Beautiful books and most of them are wonderful. This one is not one of my favorites. It is nicely written and has a great message, but I chalk this up to personal preferences, it just isn’t a favorite for me. My kids enjoyed it and we have actually read it three times, because the message is good. I would still recommend it to anyone who reads a loud to their children.

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Level 3

Sammy’s mind wasn’t on his work. He was thinking about something far away from this corn patch—about three things, to tell the truth. The first thing was a pair of new shoes that cost two dollars. The second thing was a pair of new blue britches that cost one dollar. The third thing was a blue-and-white striped shirt that cost one dollar. Four dollars in all. Sammy sighed deeply. Even his best shirt and britches were so patched up
they looked like a crazy quilt.

Sammy’s dream is to have new clothes for Last Day of School, for he has a special part in the program! He will sing and play his banjo in front of all the people.

Sammy is a heartwarming tale of a little boy who dares to dream, works hard to accomplish his goals, and is blessed with kindness from others.

53 pages

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