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This Morning Sam Went to Mars

A book about paying attention

written and illustrated by Nancy Carlson

Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try to improve focus, like staying organized, eating better foods, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time for imagination!


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ISBN: 978-1-57542-433-0
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–9
Guided Reading Level: K
Lexile Measure: 520L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 11.25" x 9.25"
Page Count: 32

Praise for This Morning Sam Went to Mars
“Brightly colored, with shiny pages, this picture book provides encouragement as well as sensible suggestions within a fictional frame.”—Booklist

  • Common Core State Standards


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