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Sam and the Firefly Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 105 user ratings
ISBN:0394800060
LANGUAGE:English

"When I saw the cover of this book, I just had to borrow it from our local library. The adorable owl and humorous firefly were enchanting. Having read Are You My Mother? and other books by P.D. Eastman over and over again with our girls, I worried that the book would be a bit too young for our girls.

The story was a bit repetitive and I am not sure how much our girls enjoyed it, but we liked the muted nighttime illustrations and thought the silly firefly was a goof. It was a bit alarming that the firefly thought it was funny to cause automobile and aircraft acccidents, but at least he learned his lesson.

Overall, it's an entertaining tale. It's not one that I remember from my childhood, but has been around for more than 50 years. It's a bit long for toddlers, but would be good for the preschooler/kindergartener set.
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"The Power of Language
3 August 2013

The text in this book is a little more complicated that the other book that I read but that is probably because the previous book was teaching children prepositions where as this book has a bit of a moral undertone. It seems that by the time children get to this level of reading it is more about teaching morality as opposed to simply teaching a child how to read.

I guess in one aspect the book is teaching us that playing dirty tricks on people is not conducive to good relationship, and if you keep of doing it then you could quite well land up in trouble. Obviously the idea of trouble in this book is analogous to prison, since Gus the firefly is imprisoned in a jar, after being caught, and taken off to an unknown destination.

However, another idea that comes out of this book is the idea that language needs to be used wisely. Language is power, and being able to use language effectively empowers people. This is one of the reasons that there is a push for the education of women in developing countries as by giving women the right to education empowers then to be able to determine their own destiny as opposed to having their destiny determined by another.

However, this book also shows us that with great power comes great responsibility. Sam teaches Gus how to write, and upon learning how to write, he immediately goes away and begins to abuse this power. The abuses aren't even all that innocent, such as causing ground and air traffic chaos, as well as advertising free movies. Yet, while he may have got away with some jokes, his actions eventually annoy enough people that they decide that it is time to put a stop to it. As is said on the Big Bang Theory – it is okay to be smarter than everybody else, just don't rub their nose into it.
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" Disturbing content. I vaguely remember this story from when I was a kid. My kids love it, and the simple words are easy enough for my six year old to read. Five stars for the phrase, "Yow wow!" " said.

"Sam the owl and Gus the firefly find an illuminating way to amuse themselves on a dark night. But will they be able to fix the problems Gus's out-of-control antics cause?

I was SO sleepy when we read this, but I remember wondering why it wasn't more familiar to me. It's one of those books that's been around forever and everyone just kind of knows, isn't it? Anyway, it was fun and funny and had a pretty good little build to the story, and it's a different take on a nighttime setting. I'd gladly read it again when I'm a little more alert.
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" This was a long book and I read it by myself. I liked the part where gus stopped the train with his words " said.

" Somehow I missed this one as a kid and it is super cute. Makes a great easy reader because of the sight words. A little preachy at times, to be sure, but great illustrations and cute concept. " said.

" Now that I am teaching again, I am revisiting some of my childhood literature. I had completely forgotten about this one. I have numerous P.D. Eastman favorites. " said.

" The green, yellow, black, and white colors make an interesting combination in the illustrations. " said.

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