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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310716632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310716631
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wargin continues her series of alphabet books (K is for Kite: God’s Springtime Alphabet, 2010, etc.) with this exploration of summertime delights interwoven with a religious message. Each page includes the traditional format (“B is for boat”) in large type along with two or four rhyming lines in smaller type and a relevant illustration. God is included in the text in simple, relevant ways (“God calms the seas”), and there is no mention of Jesus, so the book could be used by a wider audience than just Christian readers. The rhyming text reinforces concepts of kind and cooperative behavior as well as presenting God as a powerful and loving force in the natural world. The references to God in the text are not preachy, and not every page mentions God, so the religious content flows naturally within the story. Bronson’s vibrant, jazzy illustrations in ripe-fruit shades are filled with sunny skies, imaginative flowers and flowing lines that suggest that lively nature of happy summer days. The pictorial story follows a family and its spotted dog as they take part in traditional summer activities, but the illustrator makes this ode to summertime soar. Her paintings are filled with motion and bright colors, with children who look like they must be laughing and having a great time enjoying the outdoors. A sunny celebration. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn't have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Minnesota with her husband and her son. Go to her website www.kathy-jowargin.com

Linda Bronson grew up on the Jersey Shore. At school, she daydreamed and doodled instead of listening to her lessons. It wasn't until Linda went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design that she truly blossomed. Linda's painting can now be seen in picture books, magazines, advertisements, posters, and greeting cards. She thinks she has the world's best job.

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Cute and fun to read!
Rainy Lake Woman
Great rhyming text and beautiful illustrations bring this book to life.
Cindybikes
Each step reminds us God's love can't be measured.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
My Review

F is for Fireflies teaches young readers the alphabet using summertime items and activities.
Some examples are: D is for Daisy; J is for Jump rope; V is for Vacation. Each letter has its own beautiful color page and a word that starts with the letter and there is a little verse that goes along with the word. And throughout the book the young reader not only learns their alphabet they learn special things about God as well.
An example is:
I is for Inchworm
We spy an Inchworm,
a friend to be treasured.
Each step reminds us
God's love can't be measured.

What an awesome book for children. It is well constructed for the age group using colors that will capture young reader's attention. The illustrations are adorable. I love the children and the animals, especially their precious faces. The font is perfect for a child's book, and I love the shinny finish of the cover. Overall, I can't say enough about the beauty and awesomeness of this precious little book. I love everything about it! My 2 year old niece fell in love with it and she brings it for me to read to her several times a day!

F is for Fireflies will make a wonderful addition to any library and would be a fun and colorful way to help teach children who are home schooled.

I received this book free from Zondervan to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
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Format: Hardcover
Kathy-jo Wargin has created another alphabet book, this one titled F Is For Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet. It's much the same as her first book, K Is For Kite: God's Springtime Alphabet, except the seasons are different. As with the first book, the author provides both a word and a short poem for each letter. All the letters in this book have something to do with summertime.

For instance, the letter "G" is for "Garden." The accompanying text reads: "God made the Gardens, and we help them grow, weeding and watering row after row."

The painted illustrations by Linda Bronson are done with bold colors, making them stand out. The pages are filled with illustrations of multi-cultural children.

What I Like: I like having a series of alphabet books about the seasons. The author has one for each season.

What I Dislike: For the most part, the rhyming text is done very well, but there are a couple of spots where it is a bit strained. As with the other book, the only thing I would add is a Bible reference of some kind for the text.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 4-8

Christine M. Irvin - Christine Children's Book Review
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My children love this book. My older one reads it by himself. My younger one reads the first part, "A is for..."and I read the rest. Positive message and wonderful reminder of all of God's gifts to us. Awesome book. One thought, I like the illustrations in fall version of this series...P is for Pumpkin better. But still a good book and great way to start the summer!
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By Cindybikes on March 20, 2013
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I plan to have my preschool recite some of this book as a class performance. Great rhyming text and beautiful illustrations bring this book to life.
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I got this book for my 3 year old granddaughter. Cute and fun to read! Glad I made this purchase.
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More About the Author

Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 45 books such as the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, 2001 IRA Children's Choice Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner Win One for the Gipper, Bank Street College of Education Best Book Listee The Voyageur's Paddle, and newly released Alfred Nobel, The Man Behind the Peace Prize. She has also written two widely successful coffee table books titled Michigan, The Spirit of the Land and The Great Lakes Cottage Book, working in collaboration with her husband, Great Lakes photographer Ed Wargin.

Kathy-jo Wargin was born and raised on the iron range of northern Minnesota, and studied music composition at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been writing professionally for more than twenty years, and is dedicated to the creation and promotion of quality literature for children. She is a frequent guest speaker at reading conferences throughout the nation such as IRA, MAME, MRA and more. In addition, she regularly visits school systems to perform large and small group presentations and teacher in-service programs, as well as frequent book signing tours and promotional events. Kathy-jo Wargin and family reside in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Her newest book is titled Moose on the Loose. Here's what School Library Journal has to say: PreS-Gr 1-This rhyming text begins by asking: "What/would you do/with a moose/on the loose?/Would you chase him,/or race him,/or stand up to face him?" As the book continues, the creature becomes more daring, and children will delight in the antics of both the moose and its young human companion. Bold, bright, cartoonlike illustrations capture the action in a humorous style, inviting readers to look closely at all the details. The large boldfaced type complements the illustrations and action. Colorful spreads and simple rhymes will make this whimsical story a hit.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA


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