The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine

Henry Cole (Author) Henry Cole (Illustrator)


From the opening paragraph readers will be able to describe characters in the story-their traits, motivations, and feelings--and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. It all begins with brothers Hank and Jimmy. Hank is a responsible somewhat worried pet owner and Jimmy, an innovative engineer and scientist with a wild imagination. When Jimmy decides to send Hank's pet mouse on the Spirit of Sammy, the adventure begins. The texts illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words, creating mood and emphasizing aspects of the characters and setting. As Sammy Shine's plane takes off unexpectedly, he ends up in a whole new world. He no longer lives in the comfort of his shoebox in Hank's room. Told from the point of view of Sammy the mouse, using vivid details and figurative language, readers venture with Sammy and a group of new friends, including a mouse, an injured crow, a newt, and a shrew, who help him find and repair his plane so he can try to get back home. What starts out as sibling rivalry and a curiosity for flight turns into an animal fantasy adventure.
Curriculum Connections: Fantasy adventure, character description, actions contribute to sequence of events, Illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words, creating mood and emphasizing aspects of the characters and setting. POV of Sammy the mouse told using vivid details and figurative language

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
April 01, 2016
6.1 X 1.0 X 7.6 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Henry Cole was a celebrated science teacher for many years before turning his talents to children's books. He has worked on nearly one hundred and fifty books for children, including Unspoken, Big Bug, A Nest for Celeste, Jack's Garden, and On Meadowview Street. Henry loves being outside, where he can sketch and write. His favorite sound is the first robin song of the spring. You can visit him online at

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Spot, the Cat; And Tango Makes Three; Oink?; and Little Bo in France. He is also the illustrator of With a Little Help from My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.


"Since Sammy is way too cute to fail, this amusing tale will serve well as an early chapter book or read-aloud."
"An excellent fit for younger chapter book readers, who will hope this isn't the last they'll see of Sammy Shine."