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Fireflies for Nathan Hardcover – August 23, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 23, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688121470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688121471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A boy is introduced to a familiar rite of summer--and to some family history--during a stay with his grandparents in this low-key picture book. Six-year-old Nathan enjoys hearing his Nana and Poppy tell about his father's childhood. So when he finds out that his father liked to catch fireflies, Nathan insists on giving it a try. Though it's a struggle for him to be patient, Nathan waits for dark and embarks on his adventure with great delight. Oppenheim's ( The Lily Cupboard ) simple story has a cozy tone, mirrored in Ward's warm acrylic portraits of an African American family. Particularly childlike dialogue infuses the proceedings with believable enthusiam. Deep-hued nighttime scenes, lit by the flickering insects, and a glowing sunset demonstrate Ward's skill in depicting variances of natural light and shadow. Families, budding entomologists and anyone who's ever tried to make a firefly lamp will all find something to like here. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Nathan, a fetching six-year-old African-American boy whose eyes twinkle with curiosity and delight on the book's cover, is staying with his father's parents in the country. When told that his dad's favorite activity at age six was catching fireflies, he anxiously waits for darkness, catches a jarful of the twinkling creatures, and takes it to bed with him, just as his father did as a child. And, just as his father did, he asks his grandparents to let them go once he falls asleep. Ward's illustrations, mostly double-page spreads, are painted with acrylics on canvas. They range from primitive folk-art style scenes to carefully detailed portraits on impressionist backgrounds to realistic representations of various creatures-goldfinch, monarch butterfly, bullfrog. The lightning bugs appear as phosphorescent dots. This is an honest, heartwarming look at a loving relationship between a child and his grandparents.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxad on March 11, 2012
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I wanted this book because who ever was the artist painted my Uncle as the grandpa for Nathan. The story was also good, my Uncle passed away and I did not have a picture of him, now I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caryn on April 23, 2010
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Both my two-year-old and my seven-year-old enjoyed this simple, yet beautifully written and illustrated story. Although my two-year-old has asked me to reread it many times, the language and illustrations are appropriate for children who are preschool through early elementary school. I would highly recommend this book.
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