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Slow Samson by Bethany Christou

Sloths are by nature slow and Slow Samson is no exception! He’s kind and has lots of friends but is so slow that he always arrives at a party once it has finished. We’ve fallen in love with Samson, his story shows the importance of kindness, caring and looking out for your friends.

The Story: Samson is a popular sloth but he just can’t get to parties on time. It doesn’t matter whether he talks to his friends on the way or ignores them, he’s always late. But can Samson’s friends come up with a plan to ensure that he doesn’t miss the next party?

Slow Samson is adorable, helpful and cares about his friends so of course he helps them when they need it. But sorting out arguments and chatting to them on the way to a party slows him down even more. Ignoring them on his way to a party is even worse and on the way to the third party they all rush away leaving him feeling lonely.

But Samson’s friends really really care about him too and they’re determined that he won’t miss the next party…

We absolutely love Bethany Christou’s illustrations, they’re so vibrant and full of life. Samson and his friends are adorable and include a toucan, a snake and an anteater. We love this spread showing Samson drawing pictures and the way that Terry is hugging his portrait to his breast – it’s so cute how happy he looks!

Slow Samson drawing - Story Snug

We also love the page showing the friends’ plans to get Samson to the party on time – balloons, roller-skates and rocket packs all feature. They really do care about making sure Samson doesn’t miss out! But will their plan work?

The Slow Samson endpapers are fabulous, we love maps in books. This is the front endpaper showing the forest where Samson lives, the final endpaper is the same with a few extra details added…

Slow Samson is a wonderful celebration of the power of friendship and caring. It’s a fabulous story to introduce discussions about friends in an Early Years / Key Stage One classroom and children could also come up with their own ideas to help Samson get to the party on time. It could also be used to initiate an invitation writing activity.

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Bethany Christou

Thank you to Templar Publishing for sending us a copy of Slow Samson. We think it’s a great book and look forward to reading more stories from Bethany Christou.


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17 responses to “Slow Samson by Bethany Christou”


  1. Bec @IshMotherBec avatar

    This sounds like a lovely story about friendship and inclusivity, I’ll look out for this one! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really lovely the way that Samson’s friends make such an effort to include him in their parties 🙂


  2. sarahmo3w avatar
    sarahmo3w

    This sounds like a lovely story and it’s bound to be popular as sloths seem to be everywhere at the moment!


    1. Catherine avatar

      They are! We saw lots of sloth merchandise yesterday when we were in town.


    2. Catherine avatar

      They are! We saw lots of sloth merchandise yesterday when we were in town.


  3. shelllouiseblog avatar

    Sloths are a favourite animal of just about everyone in this house. The book looks really lovely 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely book and great to feature a more unusual animal as a main character 🙂


  4. mumjd avatar

    This sounds a delightful read and the illustrations look fab.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story and we adore the illustrations 🙂


  5. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    Aaa I love sloths and the illustrations in this book really bring this one to life!! Lovely story #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are gorgeous, we would love to see Samson in another story 🙂


  6. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! Sloths are fantastic creatures. Some days I feel like one. hehehe
    I hope he made it to the party x #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’ll have to read the book to see if he got to the party on time 😉


  7. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar
    stickymudandbellylaughs

    I love sloths! This looks like such a lovely book and the illustrations are just beautiful. 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend. x #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are fabulous, it’s a great story too 🙂


  8. Carol avatar

    I had to read this post as I am in love with sloths. One of my favorite things each morning is a quick stop at FaceBook where I love to see photos and videos of sloths. Baby sloths are adorable! This looks like a really cute book – thanks for sharing it. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      Samson is a really adorable sloth – it’s great to see a sloth in a picture book 🙂

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