Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sammy's Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail

Sammy's Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends. Sammy experiences the feelings and thoughts common to children in similar situations. Sammy is a snail and so he carries his home with him wherever he goes, just as a third culture kid does by knowing that home is where their heart is! Look for more Sammy stories coming soon!

Helen Maffini is a ‘third culture kid’ herself who lived in Japan as a teenager. Since then she has lived in nine countries and has two third culture kids herself, Alexandra and Francesca. She is married to an Italian chef who loves to travel as much as she does! She can be reached at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5A REQUIREMENT for Moving Parents!
By Emmanuel
I bought this book for my 8 year old son as he was quite nervous about our upcoming move overseas. He really enjoyed reading about Sammy and he seems a lot more excited about the move now. Great book! I recommend parents buy it if they are facing a move to a new country.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Sammy's Next Move
By S O
Sammy the snail is none too chuffed when his parents announce they are moving to Japan.

He's only just got used to living in Italy and he's really going to miss his playmates, so the prospect of having to make new friends in yet another country is distressing and upsetting.

But thankfully young Sammy's an accomplished traveller and when his mum reminds him about their previous postings and how much he's enjoyed living in different countries, he warms to the idea of moving again.

Sammy's Next Move is written by seasoned expat and mother of two Helen Maffini and tells the story of what it feels like to be a Third Culture Kid, in a way that children will identify with.

It's a simple tale, engagingly written and very nicely illustrated and at less than 20 pages long, it's ideal bedtime reading for children and their parents.

With two pages of tips and project ideas for parents of TCKs, this is the perfect little book for any expat child about to embark on a new adventure.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Just what every family on the move needs
By Nicole Andrews
We have longed to live an expat life for years. Now as that is looking more and more like a reality, we have wondered how we would prepare our child for the moves...plural. This book is perfect! And when I say perfect, I mean that the length is ideal for a bedtime or anytime story and the character, Sammy, perfectly embodies our ideals: home is where the heart is. Between our determination to treat this experience like and adventure and having Sammy to refer back to, it looks like the expat experience will be a positive and exciting experience for everyone involved.

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