EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Sad Sam, Glad Sam is
a "funderful" book children will love to have their parents and
grandparents read out loud.
L. E. Rainey
32 pages, 9" x
Full color - 16
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“The Best Storytellers Are Grandparents”
L. E. Rainey,
had never written a children’s book before she penned,
Sad Sam, Glad Sam,
but she didn’t let that stand in her way. Her
experience as a grandmother gave her the confidence to try her
hand at writing. “I’m the proud grandmother of a rambunctious
5-year-old boy. Thanks to my children and my grandson, I’ve
got a lot of experience reading bedtime stores. That’s why the
best storytellers are grandparents—we get a lot more practice.
Over the years, I sorta developed a feel for what makes a good
Sad Sam, Glad Sam
is a humorous and engaging story about Samantha “Sam”
Morgan, a precocious little girl, whose emotions get the best
of her. “My daughter was often frustrated by my grandson’s
temper tantrums. He had more emotions than words to express
them. Parents need help getting through this difficult stage
of child rearing. I thought showing
parents how to use creative play to help children manage their
feelings was one of the ways I could be supportive.”
vivid colors and rich dark hues accentuate this simple tale
about the importance of accepting and dealing with powerful
emotions without being controlled by them."
The Midwestern Book Review
"The heroine, Sam, has a
bad morning. What parents hasn't suffered through these
moments with their child hoping for a resource to use that can
appeal to a child's heart. L. E. Rainey has provided such a
resource with charming, expressive imagery to boot."
Dr. Neil Warmer,
understanding emotions book
Samantha Morgan is having a bad day. When her favorite toy is
broken by Larry, the family cat, things go from bad to worse.
Mommy comes to the rescue!
Sam’s quick thinking Mommy uses a handpuppet to help the unhappy little heroine understand and
manage her overwhelming feelings of sadness. Award winning
illustrator Bill Megenhardt’s beautiful drawings capture the
drama and charm of a young child’s journey of emotional
In the book, Sam’s mother uses a simple brown paper
bag handpuppet to help Sam explore “very sad feelings”
caused by the accidental breaking of a favorite toy.
Something extra special!!!
Make your own easy-to-assemble
Paper Bag Puppet.
Use your handpuppet as a creative play tool to help
child understand how
to manage his or her emotions.
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to enrich their lives will find plenty of reasons to smile
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L.E. Rainey, Author
L. E. Rainey is a
proud grandmother who claims grandparents make the best
storytellers. “That’s because we get a lot of practice.
Grandparents know the type of books children like to read,”
she explained. Sad Sam, Glad Sam is the author’s first
book. She said the inspiration for the book came from her own
daughter is a single mother and parenting my very precocious,
headstrong grandson hasn’t been easy. His “I’m the boss”
stubborn streak kept him in timeout,” she stated, “My
daughter, to her credit, was always looking for ways to
improve her parenting skills. Watching her struggles as a
parent motivated me to seek more creative options for handling
children’s emotional “ups and downs”. I believe creative play
is a marvelous way for parents and children to maintain
healthy relations. ”
When queried about
the reason for making a puppet one of the characters in her
book, L.E. Rainey smiled and said, “I’m fascinated by the art
of puppetry. Even as a child, I loved puppets. There is
something magical about the process of creating a puppet
character and giving her a voice. I was such a shy, nervous
child, speaking in front of people was terrifying. One day my
teacher had us make papier mache puppets. We had to use them
in group skits we scripted and performed in. I had so much fun
with my puppet I overcame my fear of public speaking—at least
temporarily. When I needed a character who could appeal to a
child’s inner- emotions, I naturally thought about a puppet.”
a published author, L.E. Rainey said her life hasn’t changed
very much. “I live a quiet, ordinary life. There’s been no
fanfare and hubbub about me being an author and, frankly, I
prefer it that way. Sad Sam, Glad Sam is a fantastic
book and I think in time it will become a real favorite with
children and grandparents,” she concluded.
When she isn’t
traveling, L.E. Rainey can be found in her Arizona home curled
up on a couch reading a book, playing with her dogs, Sacha and
Xavier, or at her desk making puppets.
heroine; storyline reinforces the important role parents play
as "problem-solving coaches in the lives of young children;
the book's African-American characters will have broad
multicultural appeal. Parents learn how creative play can be
used as a tool for understanding and managing children's