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Amy's Light Hardcover – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158469128X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584691280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,336,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Using enhanced photographs of his daughter enacting the story line, Nutt tells of a girl named Amy who becomes scared of the dark until she sneaks outside to capture some fireflies in a jar. Their light dims in captivity; no longer afraid but fearful for their safety, she sets them free. Alongside each spread of beautifully rendered photo-illustrations are four lines of insipid and predictable verse. With such lines as "Jumping for joy,/Amy watched with delight,/as they flickered and flickered/and flew out of sight," the narrative becomes secondary to the visuals. While this is ostensibly a book about the wonders of nature, the technology that created the images takes center stage. This jarring contradiction is reinforced by an announcement on the cover that there is a Flash video download available of the story.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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In Nutt s debut, a magical encounter with fireflies helps a young girl overcome her fear of nighttime shadows. When Amy notices the glow outside her shadowy bedroom, she goes on a nighttime foray armed with a jar. Her childish enthusiasm and excitement are palpable as she collects the fireflies, the jar lighting the way back to her room. . . . Unscrewing the cover for a closer look frees the fireflies, and they regain their glow. And with their light outside, Amy is finally able to relax and sleep. . . . The illustrations blend the realism of photographs with the softer look of paint, creating a whole that is warm and shows depth and texture. His artwork excels at portraying the contrast between shadow and light, with the light sources positively glowing. Sweet, with lovely artwork. --Kirkus Reviews (April 2010)

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Format: Paperback
"Amy's Light" is a beautiful children's picture book about an amazing discovery of fireflies and their light by a little girl was previously afraid of the dark. Appropriate for children ages 4-10, "Amy's Light" is a delicate story told in verse and enhanced with "digital illusions" created by the talented author using photos of his daughter, also named Amy. "Amy's Light" contains fascinating additional information about fireflies in addition to the inspirational message in verse and images. Two natural science programs of interest that are mentioned are Firefly Watch, sponsored by the Museum of Science in Boston, and Firefly Files, created by Dr. Marc Branham, a leading entomologist studying fireflies. Included in "Amy's Light" are instructions to download the story narrated by Amy's sister, Christina in Adobe Flash Player format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey L. Smith on February 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robert Nutt has written and illustrated a beautiful tale that recalls a simpler, more innocent time before the constant glow of electronics invaded our lives. Amy, like so many of us, finds herself frightened by the dark of the night. As you read along, you see that she at first seeks comfort from the fireflies flickering outside her window, but eventually finds strength from within, a wonderful lesson for someone of any age. The illustrations are stunning, the words sweetly rhyming. Like all books that become instant favorites, Amy's Light has many layers and much that can be discussed beyond the story, whether at home or in the classroom. As a teacher, an aunty who loves to buy books for the little ones in her life and a collector of beautifully illustrated children's books I would highly recommend Amy's Light. It is a story that both young and old will hold dear for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on February 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are younger, do you like to go out at night and "catch lightning bugs" in the early summer? Or if you are older, do you have fond memories of "catching lightning bugs" when you were a child (or perhaps with your own children)? I certainly do. Amy is a little girl who is afraid of the shadows on the wall in her dark room when she goes to bed. Then suddenly she notices a strange light shining. When she jumps up and looks out her window, she sees what appear to be bits of starlight dancing around. So she finds a jar, goes outside, catches some, and brings them back to her room. But what will happen? Will they continue to shine, or will they fade?
With his gently rhyming text, author Robert Nutt perfectly captures the childhood joy of gathering fireflies. He says that one evening he and his wife were walking down their street at dusk on a summer's evening when they saw a yard full of dancing, flickering lights. At that moment he knew that he was going to write about it. He also took the photographs of his own daughter which form the beautiful "digital illusion" type of photo-illustrations for Amy's Light. In addition, there is a page of "Did You Know" facts about fireflies or lightning bugs in the back. For example, did you know that there are over 200 species of fireflies in North America and more than 2,000 throughout the world? And do you know how they make their light? This "Sharing Nature with Children Book" from Dawn Publications is certainly a keeper.
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