Sameh Says 'Hi' by Jane Whelen Banks
Vibrant, colourful and lively, this book's positive messages and advice are ideal for young children wanting to understand social situations or how friendships work.
Sameh has lots of friends who want to play with him. Sometimes Sameh goes to his friends' houses to play. Sometimes Sameh's friends come to his house to play
In Sameh Says "Hi" Sameh manages to overcome his shyness and complete the steps necessary when greeting a friend at the front door. Appropriately welcomed, Sameh's friend enters the house and both children proceed to have an excellent play date.
Introductions can be awkward for many children. For some, however, making eye contact, and acknowledging another person by simply saying 'hi' can be a constant challenge. Yet this instantaneous glance and verbal gesture are essential cues to initiating an interaction. Missing or avoiding this seemingly simple first step can leave potential pals disengaged and foil a play date before it begins. Sameh says "Hi" provides step-by-step instructions on how a typical preschooler might receive a friend. It illustrates the importance of facial contact, and offers a simple strategy to cope with the intensity felt when eyes meet. In Sameh says "Hi", Sameh completes the steps necessary in greeting a friend at the front door. Appropriately welcomed, Sameh's friend enters the house and both children proceed to have an enjoyable play date.
The Sameh Series
'These books are beautifully yet simply illustrated and written in an appealing child-friendly typeface. They are suitable for reading to children aged 3 years+, or independently by 5-8 year olds...This lively series is definitely a valuable resource for parents and their children, speech and language therapists of all levels of expertise, teachers and other health professionals enjoyed at home, school or in the clinic, and be particularly useful to those working closely with young children who have social communication difficulties such as autism and other spectrum disorders and syndromes.'
The books are very appealing, using cartoons style illustrations. They deal sensitively and in a light-hearted way with some of the problems young children have and are short enough to sustain attention. Highly recommended for the positive messages and the matter-of-fact style.' - SEN Magazine
'A wonderful way to guide a child through the complex social world of childhood' - Eileen Costello, author of Quirky Kids
'Insightful, engaging, and humorous stories designed to help teach children social skills and feel good about themselves ' - Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., Asperger's Association of New England0