Reviewed By Deanna R Sweeney for Readers’ Favorite
Sammy: A Hero at Age Five by M. Schmidt and G. D. Donley is a story about a little boy named Sam and his love for his family and friends. Yes, it is a story that includes Sam’s battle with cancer, but for me, that was not the main theme. This story is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy and his main focus in telling us this story is to relay the love he has for his family and how grateful he was to spend every minute he could with them. It is also a story of Sam’s incredible bravery and faith in the face of a devastating situation.
The very first thing that struck a chord with me was the fact that if Sam had lived, he would be close to my age. He grew up in the same world that I grew up in and I instantly related to him. This story was written in such a way that it really feels like there is a five-year-old boy telling it to you, which makes it all the more heartbreaking. Once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop reading. It amazes me how this young child took all of the things he had to face in his battle with cancer in his stride. He adapted to his new situation while maintaining relatively good humor through it all. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t crying my eyes out by the end of it. Thank you for sharing this little angel’s story with us. Beautiful tribute.