Sam’s Birthmark by Martha Griffin Book Review

Sam’s Birthmark Book Summary

Sam’s Birthmark is a story about a boy with a birthmark and how every child is unique and special in their own way. Through illustrations and easy to understand words, Sam’s Birthmark shows that each of us has something about us that makes us one-of-kind. Sam s Birthmark is a great teaching tool to have this conversation with children starting at an early age.

Sam’s Birthmark Book Review

I was born with a large birthmark on the back of my leg, in the crevice of my knee. When my Mom saw it for the first time, I believe she said she cried; wondering just how big it would get and how it would affect me and my self-image. That was the early 80′s.

sams-birthmark-coverIt never did get any bigger and I forget it’s there half the time. In fact, I don’t recall anyone ever saying anything to me about it in my childhood years. That being said, I wasn’t born with the birth mark on the major focus part, such as Sam, who was born with a birthmark on his face. I can understand how some children may become self-conscious as they grow older and become more aware of their body and how it is the same and/or different than others around them. So, I think introducing positive messages to our youth is as crucial as ever.

Sam’s Birthmark by Martha and Grant Griffin is a cutesy (although not exceptionally well-written) children’s book about a little boy and what makes him special. The book, like mentioned in it’s book summary, is written with basic text. I think their statement is an accurate representation. There is not anything awe-inspiring about the organization of their words, as it appeared obvious to me that they tried hard to make things rhyme, and it didn’t always feel natural or purposeful. But I digress, the message within Sam’s Birthmark is a positive message that isn’t always talked about — birthmarks are beautiful!

Audience-wise, I think Sam’s Birthmark would be perfect for ages 4 and under. Although 5 and 6 year-olds entering school for the first time, may need the occasional positive pick-me up if they suffer from insecurities of their own.


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  1. Camila says

    Yes, we liked that with my Bobby as well. Nice story!

  2. Becky says

    I’ve heard about this one recently! Seems to be quite promising for my kid.

  3. Carol says

    Sweet, simple and beautifully told. Sam’s birthmark might be viewed as strange by some people, but his parents teach him it is part of him and it makes him unique. It makes him “shine” just like another child’s curly hair or freckles make them who they are…

  4. Tiffany says

    Birthmarks are often an issue. At least in my family. It’s interesting why anybody wrote a book about it.

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