We have had the great fortune to perform for audiences for twelve years now. We have visited hundreds of schools, from Hawaii to Oregon to Washington D.C. to Dubai. We have performed at aquariums and museums from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We have performed in libraries, and local fairs, and . . . . well, sometimes strange and embarrassing things happen. Enjoy taking this quiz and learning about some of our weird moments!
1) Where was Sisbro when Rob had to duct-tape his pants shut after they split open (right down the rear end) during a live performance? Continue reading →
We were thrilled to make this commercial for the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, which had its grand opening last night, October 10, 2013 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibition whisks you into old London, where you help solve a crime, with Sherlock’s notes and observations along the way. You’ll also see some artifacts from London in the 1800s (including a heart from 1831 with a knife stab wound in it), as well as artifacts from the various versions of Sherlock throughout television and movie history. Go see the exhibit. The game is afoot.
We often compose original music for our own films. Recently, we were hired by Rice University to create original music for their amazing STEMScopes curriculum, which is designed to help students creatively and effectively learn science, technology, engineering and math. We are so honored to be a part of it! So we have been brainstorming music for Kindergarten through high school. Our goal has been to create music that we would like to listen to, and just also happens to meet the educational learning objectives of a particular lesson. Students learn in different ways, so we are writing music to reach students on another level, hopefully in a way that moves their brains toward higher level thinking skills. Here is an example of our Fruit Fly Heredity Song and our song about Gravity. Spread the word about STEMScopes! (Original music by Laura Sams and Robert Sams)
If you go to this link, you can find the “Coloring Pages and Treasure Map” link to download coloring pages inspired by the children’s book A Pirate’s Quest! They are actually drawn by the illustrator Heiner Hertling. Want to color a crab? A treasure chest? The one-legged pirate? A beaver? Some deer? A roseate spoonbill? A mahi mahi fish? This is your chance to color some of the wildlife that the one-legged pirate passes on his journey from the lakes to the rivers to the sea. You can also use the treasure map to encourage reading goals, behavior goals . . . what propels you to the final treasure spot? Be creative! Continue reading →
Illustrator Heiner Hertling poses with author (and pirate model) Robert Sams
The more creative projects I work on, the more I appreciate collaborating with talented friends. For instance, when we at Sisbro had the idea for our picture book A Pirate’s Quest, we turned to our friend Heiner Hertling for help. You don’t have to be a great artist to be a children’s picture book author. You just have to know a great artist, and Heiner is a great artist. With his help, we created 50 original oil paintings over the course of a year, and I modeled as the pirate. The process was the same every time: sketch, photo, painting. Continue reading →
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! This song is from the children’s film The Riddle in a Bottle. The song inspired the award-winning children’s book A Pirate’s Quest (winner of the Midwest Book Award for Best Children’s Picture Book). Enjoy! From the one-legged pirate’s two-legged sister, Laura Sams.
Robert Sams, co-author of A Pirate’s Quest, leads students in a pirate-themed oath during Marrrrrrrch is Reading Month
What kind of children’s book do pirates like best? One with lots of arrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. That was a terrible, terrible joke. I realize that. And I apologize. However, it is almost Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I was thinking about all the amazing schools we have visited with our book A Pirate’s Quest (for his family heirloom peg leg). The book features over 40 original oil paintings from artist Heiner Hertling, and so yes, there is a lot of original arrrrrrrrrrrrrrt. Continue reading →