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Sam and the Firefly Hardcover – September 12, 1958
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Gus is a law-abiding owl who teaches Sam to make words with his fire-fly light. Sam likes the words but soon is into mischief, writing "cold dogs" above a hot dog stand and nearly causing a riot by writing "free" above a movie theater. His tricks border on the dark as he almost causes cars to collide. The scary darkness of the tale never comes to anything but engages the reader completely. My children worried about the outcome, and wondered (like Gus) how to control Sam. The book even becomes tense when Sam ends up in a closed glass jar and needs rescuing.
Yes, Gus is a lot like a parent. Sam is a lot like a child. And the book is full of learning to read and testing limits and innocently causing real danger and true friendship and sticking together and...it amazes me how seamlessly Eastman puts all of this material together in a riveting story. This may be the best Eastman book of all. It may also be one of the least preachy and most educational books I know. Dark and light, good and bad. It's all there.
P. D. Eastman's enduring story is funny, exciting, and easy to read. The firefly's bright yellow words are dazzling, especially for small fry, and the story shows the power of words (for good and for bad) and the value of friendship. A great find you may remember from years past, this is another fine volume in the "Beginners Book" series from Random House.
The colors in this book are beautiful,comprising a distinctive blue and black (always reminded me of a jazz album cover) accented with hits of yellow moonlight and bioluminescence. Just a gorgeous, fun read all together, and makes me think back to childhood when I would alternate back between which character I liked more. As a kid I generally, though not always, veered towards Gus, but became a Sam as I got older.
The stars are for the poor used copy....written in and pages out...needed to tape numerous pages back in (ugh!);
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A great classic story children will read more than once, or ask to be read to!Published 10 days ago by Croquinho
Item was as described, arrived as stated, very smooth transaction.Published 1 month ago by Sugar magnolia
I have always loved PD Eastman books for their gentle good humor... but Sam & The Firefly, in my opinion, is a disaster. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce
I love this book it is a amazing my kids loved it read it it was the best thing everPublished 4 months ago by Audra