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Saturday, June 22, 2013

This Morning Sam Went to Mars: A Book About Paying Attention

Paying attention starts to come easier for distractible Sam once he learns to harness his powerful brain. Particularly helpful for young kids with ADHD.

In This Morning Sam Went to Mars (written by Nancy Carlson), it tells a story about an eight-year-old boy named Sam who 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 food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time for imagination!

The book offers strategies to help all kids who are easily distracted, including those with ADHD. For me, I wish Brandon would pay attention to his teachers at school. I'm constantly reminding him. This is a fun book and I hope it will help him improve.

At the end of the book, the author offers extra tips to parents and teachers for helping kids with attention challenges:
  • Make sure they get enough sleep
  • Help them eat a healthy diet
  • Provide structure
  • Reduce distractions
  • Make time for physical activity
  • Encourage creativity

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. A lifelong Minnesotan, Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. She believes that life should be fun for everyone, but especially for children. This optimistic message permeates her picture books and provides a positive counterpoint to much of what children are influenced by in today’s society. Her characters convey positive messages without being “preachy.” They gently remind children what is right.

Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. She lives in Minneapolis.

WHERE TO BUY: This Morning Sam Went to Mars is now available for purchase at your local book retailers, FreeSpirit Publishing, and on

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR Firm/Publisher in exchange of my honest review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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