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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.
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This was a childhood favorite. I was glad to find it after so many years.Published 11 days ago by Warren Harkleroad
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My grandchildren seriously love this story. A good story with a simple message.Published 1 month ago by Linda S.
One of the first books I ever read. Great illustrations, with a fun story that teaches several good lessons. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe
A great classic story children will read more than once, or ask to be read to!Published 2 months ago by Croquinho
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