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Sam the Owl and Gus the Firefly literally light up the sky in this classic Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. In Sam and the Firefly, P. D. Eastman (author of Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go!) introduces us to the dynamic duo of Sam and Gus, who soar through the air writing words in the night sky. But when Gus’s words end up causing confusion and chaos for the people onSam the Owl and Gus the Firefly literally light up the sky in this classic Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. In Sam and the Firefly, P. D. Eastman (author of Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go!) introduces us to the dynamic duo of Sam and Gus, who soar through the air writing words in the night sky. But when Gus’s words end up causing confusion and chaos for the people on the ground, it’s up to Sam to help Gus “write” his wrongs. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning."...provides interest, suspense and word repetition. Illustrations excellent. Recommended."--(starred) School Library Journal. ...

Title : Sam and the Firefly
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ISBN : 9780394800066
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 62 Pages
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Sam and the Firefly Reviews

  • Trish
    2019-06-12 01:14

    4.5 starsAs many know, there are a lot of English children's books that I've missed out on. Even the famous ones. It is therefore no surprise that I had never heard of this one. I read about it (actually, only saw the cover) in the interview David gave on Mischenko's blog: owl on the cover was the selling point for me, but I must say that the story in general is very sweet. Now, it should be pointed out that this book is for really little children that are just learning to read themselves. It tells the story of the owl Sam who is trying to find a friend to play with at night. He eventually manages but Gus the firefly is up to no good and thus the trouble starts.Great is that this story is sweet and educational at the same time. It is about respect (or what the lack thereof can result in), about helping each other, about friendship, and it teaches children to read at the same time.Definite reading recommendation.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-03 21:19

    3.5 STARSHow cute is Sam!? I love the cover ;-) Sam is the adorable owl who longs for a friend when he awakens at night and all the other farm and woodland animals are asleep. Lonely Sam finally finds a firefly and they strike up a friendship. The best fun is that Sam knows how to write words and he flies around forming letters, with the firefly following him, and the firefly's glow makes the words glow in the night sky. How neat! Up to this point, I like the story very much. The illustrations are wonderful (they have the old-timey night-time blue/green color that I loved so much in Dr. Seuss' "The Pale Green Pants with Nobody Inside Them") and the "easy reader" words are well chosen and evoke a touching story that is also very helpful to early readers. I'm afraid that, after that, the story falls apart for me a little. The firefly takes his new powers and begins making words in the sky that mess with people's lives--like writing "Go" and "Stop" at the wrong times and making cars crash at intersections!!! It's very clear that Sam thinks these are BAD tricks, and the firefly eventually does get a bit of a punishment and learns his lesson (I think!) and there's a nice twist to the ending of which I ultimately approved... I think that, really, the story just got too long for my taste and I got a teensy bit bored. Still, I think that some beginning readers will really love this story. And, since it was originally published in the mid-1950s, I just felt all happy and nostalgic (even though I wasn't born in the '50s!) holding the book in my hands and thinking of how many young readers, over the years, read this story in their living rooms and how, despite the changing fashions, home decorating schemes, and world events, a story about a cute little owl and his firefly friend continues to touch and inspire readers after all these years. Hooray for the power of books! :-)

  • Autumn
    2019-06-18 02:28

    When I was four years old I wanted to read this book but could not read.That spring my mother asked, "Want to take tennis lessons?" (We had a tennis court next door)My answer was, " No. I want to learn to read."My mother's dream of tennis stardom died that day. Fortunately for me my mother is the unselfish kind and sent me to a beginner's summer reading program and by the end of it I read my first book on my own (this one).I know that people do not care about this story but I wanted to carve my name in this book somehow.Sam and The Firefly is a cute story but maybe not extraordinary to those that do not know its power. To me, it will always hold a special place on my book shelf.

  • Jared Burton
    2019-06-10 01:21

    Eastman, P.D. Sam and the Firefly. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 1958.Genre - Fiction - Animals This book is about an owl who wakes up at night and has no one to play with. The owl then sees a bunch of glowing lights and comes to find his new friend Gus the firefly. The Owl has a great idea to spell out their names in the sky using Gus's tail. After they spell out their first few words Gus finds out how much fun it is to spell words and begins to cause mischief by telling cars at an intersection to go when they shouldn’t, stop when they shouldn't and go different directions than they shouldn’t causing a crash. Sam sees this and begs Gus to stop because it isn't nice. Gus however does not listen and continues causing trouble until one of his victims catches him and plans to get rid of him. The story ends with Sam saving Gus in order for Gus to stop a train which saves the man who was going to dispose of Gus in the first place. The story teaches kids that even though learning words can be fun, words need to be used correctly and not used to hurt others. The book also teaches how certain parts of the world work for example traffic. The illustrations have always been a personal favorite of mine. I can see the ability for Gus to make words being very amusing to younger children. I personally used to pretend the firefly was spelling out other words. I also believe that the illustrations are closer to a realistic perspective (save for the owl and the firefly) which may cause a younger reader to be more interested in the book.

  • Sadia Mansoor
    2019-06-11 01:21

    It takes two to have fun.^_^Its a different & new story for me :)

  • Guen
    2019-05-24 21:28

    I enjoyed reading this book to my children and I also remember it from my childhood which is always fun. The book was written in 1958 as an easy reader. It is a bit advanced as an easy reader with a lot of words on each page though. The story line was perfectly in-line with my 5-year-old son's interests. He is immensely interested in tricks. He was fascinated by the idea of a day set aside for playing pranks when April 1st came around this year and declared that every day should be "trickster day". I thought it was wonderful that the firefly discovered a helpful outlet for his own talent of sky-writing rather than using it to harm others - just the message I would like my son to learn with his own fun-loving, well-intentioned, but not always kindly executed tricks. What can I say, he is five! :) And he is always learning! The story is also a great introduction to the idea of the power of words as the firefly Gus uses his special talent of sky-writing to make things happen, first bad than good. Also, the illustrations are dear with the beautiful nighttime blue-green skies and the loveable characters of Sam the owl and Gus the firefly.

  • Alicia Singleton
    2019-06-17 03:39

    This book is about an owl named Sam who meets a firefly named Gus. Now Gus isn’t just a firefly; he is a firefly who has a special talent of writing words with his light. Gus gets into some trouble when he starts to trick everyone with his words and begins making chaos in the nightlife. Gus gets trapped in a jar and Sam helps him escape and helps Gus realize he is wrong for the things he is doing. Gus does something to help right his wrongs. In the end, Gus begins using his talent for good rather than just for fun. I like the color scheme in the book. It really captures the nightlife is a very simple way. This book can help teach about the right, wrong things do, and sometimes the things that people find fun can be harmful and hurtful to others. The text in this book is fairly simple and is good for beginner readers.Eastman, P. D. (1958). Sam and the firefly. New York: Beginner Books.

  • Muse Here
    2019-06-02 01:39

    This was one of those books I adored as a child. I read it my kiddos when they were quite young, it must have been lost in the divorce. We haven't read it for a while, but it's a great read, especially for youngsters. Very cute and enjoyable.

  • Dianna
    2019-05-31 01:19

    The perfect beginning reader: my son knew many of the words in this book from his "sight words" at preschool, and he could sound out some others. BUT, more importantly, it is a great story, interesting and funny, and he cared about what happens.

  • ABC
    2019-05-22 02:23

    I loved this book when I was a kid!

  • Janae' Hosley
    2019-05-19 02:29

    The flip side of the theme of freedom of speech is the theme of listening to others, and this is a topic that Sam and the Firefly addresses in a more indirect way. In the story, the people in the town seem to blindly follow whatever Gus writes in the sky. It certainly seems like there are times when listening to Gus is a bad idea, but listening to Gus can also be a good idea, like when he tells the train conductors to stop the train. Should the people have listened to Gus’ words? When should you listen to what others say? Questions like these should prompt the children to think about whether the people in the story were right or wrong to listen to Gus and when it is appropriate to do what other people tell you to do.

  • Tyler Jones
    2019-05-29 01:11

    Sam (owl) teaches Gus (firefly) a neat trick, but Gus cannot resist creating mayhem with his new found power. When Gus's hi-jinx land him in hot water, Sam comes to the rescue and a valuable lesson is learned. Use your powers for good, not evil! Nice illustrations and simple sentence structures for the child learning to read.

  • JP
    2019-06-07 23:33

    Read this book when I was small, and wanted to get it for my child. The colours are so very vibrant, and the book is so vivid. It is a tad too long (probably shouldn't begrudge it for a 6 month old's attention span) but overall this book holds up fairly well. Good message to your kids- Don't be a $#!t disturber :)

  • Danette
    2019-05-20 22:11

    11/2/17 Read with Naomi.

  • Kymberly
    2019-06-07 22:30

    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.

  • The Kossack Academy
    2019-06-06 23:21

    One of our all-time favorites

  • Drew Graham
    2019-06-03 20:36

    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.

  • Alexandra Chauran
    2019-06-07 21:10

    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!"

  • Bella
    2019-05-21 21:16

    Sam and the Firefly by P. D. Eastman is a picture book, most likely intended for children ages 4-6.Summary: Sam (an owl) teaches Gus (a firefly) to write words with his light, which Gus then uses to play mean jokes and cause car accidents. It is only after Gus is caught by an angry hot dog vendor and has to stop a train crash that he learns he must be careful with his gift.Evaluation: I rated this book three stars because while the pacing of the story could be improved, it is overall very entertaining with lovely illustrations. The use of language in the book is very effective and appropriate for the intended audience (children just learning to read), and one of the themes of the book is words. This, in addition to the natural rhythm of the writing, would be appealing to young readers both when reading the book themselves or being read to. The comedy and action in the story are represented very well by the illustrations, which are done entirely in blue and gray (because the story happens at night) except for Sam’s eyes, and Gus’s light (which are yellow). In the classroom this book could be used to teach students to read new words. They could also try using flashlights to “write” new words in the air like Gus.

  • David Sarkies
    2019-05-29 19:29

    The Power of Language3 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.

  • Katie McCulloch
    2019-06-03 22:15

    Sam And The Firefly, by P.D Eastman is about an owl named Sam and a firefly named Gus. They meet each other and immediately become friends. Together, they go flying around and Gus starts spelling things out in the air with his light while Sam follows. Gus gets a bit carried away and starts messing with people and things with his light. For example, he writes car directions at an intersection that causes them to crash into each other. He writes above a movie theater “Come in! Free show”, so people start going in the theater without paying for tickets. He also changes a hot dog stand from saying “hot dogs” to “cold dogs”. The Hot Dog Man notices and catches Gus, puts him in a jar and takes him away. Sam follows them so that he can try and save Gus. But then The Hot Dog Man’s car hits a bump and gets stuck on the train tracks right as a train was coming. So Sam had the idea for Gus to write in the sky for the train to stop. Sam opens the jar and Gus immediately writes stop in the sky and the train stops before hitting the car. The major themes of this book would be friendship and teamwork. The two animals become friends very quickly even though they were different from each other. They also worked together to save The Hot Dog Man and his car. I would rate this book a 5/5 stars. It is a cute story and I feel like young kids would enjoy reading it. I read this book as a child and always loved it. The detailed pictures were always fun to see. It has a small conflict too that keeps the attention of the reader. I would recommend this book because it is fun and it shows how things can get resolved if people work together.

  • Chelsea
    2019-06-07 01:37

    Sam the owl is lonely being awake at night, and is looking for something to do. He runs into a firefly named Gus, and they realize they can make words in the sky with the glow of his light. Unfortunately, Gus takes things a little too far. He starts to play jokes all over town: telling plains to fly the wrong way, free movies night, and COLD hotdogs. Sam could see that his new friend is out of control and tries to stop Gus, but it’s too late. The man at the hotdog stand captures Gus and puts him in a jar. Sam helps Gus escape and Gus realizes what he had done was wrong. Suddenly a train is headed for doom, and Sam tells Gus to redeem himself by writing “STOP” for the train to see. The book has a lot of rhyming, and a lot of fun words that Gus spells out. I would use this book in a literacy classroom for summarizing a Beginning, Middle, and End of a story. It would also be useful for phonics and spelling with the words Gus uses. Hopefully the children can see that words can be powerful, and that taking jokes to far can get you into trouble.

  • Dolly
    2019-06-07 01:34

    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.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-21 22:10

    The book looks cute enough. It has a picture of "The Cat in the Hat" on the cover, which should guarantee some level of quality. Sadly, this book strained my patience past the breaking point. It is heading to the thrift store immediately. Tell me, O Reader-should I forebear so much as to accept the premise that an owl and firefly might communicate in a common language, and further that this firefly's bioluminescence has the power to leave visible trails of light stationary for minutes in the air behind it as it flies-how, Reader, how might I suspend so many more levels of disbelief so as to accept that the two animals know a common written language AND how to render letters in the air precisely that a firefly glow might be left behind (not even in flowing cursive, but print?) like neon skywriting, AND that the owl demonstrated this acrobatic flying style (which would be far more plausible were Sam a bat), AND that mindless humans will automatically obey any glowing words they read floating in the night sky? No, Reader, no; all this I cannot bear. Avoid this book, fellow parents.

  • Andrew Stockle
    2019-06-04 00:31

    Sam and the Firefly is about an owl named Sam and his playmate/friends Gus the firefly. Gus and Sam play a word game during the night. The game is fun at first but soon gets out of control as Gus begins to cause havoc all over town. Furthermore, he seems to find this enjoyable and doesn't see anything wrong with being mean and causing problems for the town. Eventually Gus examines his actions and figures out that he was wrong. He determines that his words really can hurt people and makes amends for the mistakes he has made. The book uses only teal, yellow, and black which emphasize the nighttime scenery. The text is secluded by white space and does not distract from the pictures. This would be a good book for children who are just beginning to form words. I would use this to teach not only basic word formation and why that is fun, but also how important it is to be careful with our words. That we must be kind and use words to lift each other up.

  • Samantha Penrose
    2019-06-08 22:17

    What a strange story.I like the beginning. Sam the owl is looking for someone to play with during a lonely night. He meets Gus the firefly, and teaches Gus to write in the sky with his firefly light. The story then takes a strange turn as Gus the firefly becomes rather mischievous with his new sky-writing talent. Gus flies all over the city causing trouble, and Sam chases him around trying to talk some sense into him. An angry victim of Gus's practical jokes captures him in a jar, and heads out into the country to do God knows what with him. When the angry victim's truck stalls on train tracks, Sam brakes the jar that Gus is inside of and instructs Sam to use his new found talent to alert the train and get it to stop.Gus used his talent to save the day, and the two friends split the scene promptly.Gus returns night after night to pester a very worn out looking Sam.The End.Very weird.

  • Rocheal Hoffman
    2019-06-15 20:26

    How cute is this book?! This is great for beginning readers, and frankly an elementary classroom as a read-aloud. It would be a great lead into a lesson on character development. The illustrations in this book include cute pictures as well as the words that are in the text as you read. This provides a great opportunity for the youngest readers to engage and explore text!Science- Good for GPS: SKE1. Students will describe time patterns (such as day to night and night to day) and objects (such as sun, moon, stars) in the day and night sky. Students may be encouraged to use their own thinking to analyze why certain animals were asleep in this story and why some were awake. Students could analyze pictures and make observations about the characteristics of day v.s. night. Students should investigate their theories.

  • Josiah
    2019-05-30 00:22

    After all these years, there remains a certain special something about the literary works of P.D. Eastman, and nowhere are these intangibles more evident than in "Sam and the Firefly". The brilliant light trails of Gus the firefly long ago indelibly burned their way into the lining of my memories, as I'm sure they have for most people to have read this book. Surely there are several fantasy elements to the story that might seem to stretch belief, but I think that this is a book that must simply be taken for what it is and not for what it is not. For me, the night adventures of the owl Sam and Gus will always contain a certain magic.

  • Asho
    2019-06-18 20:32

    My four-year-old saw this on the shelf at the library and said "Ooh, Dr. Seuss!" and with that, he tossed it into our pile to take home. I pointed out that it's not actually Dr. Seuss but P.D. Eastman, but he wanted it anyway. I haven't read it with him yet, but overheard my husband reading it with him and his sister tonight. The two-year-old was completely silent and not disruptive while he was reading, which is unusual for her when she's listening to stories in her brother's room, so I'm guessing this must be a good one!

  • Eric
    2019-06-11 02:35

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time, so much that I actually got the cover tattooed on my back and named my ferret after the firefly. As a child I liked seeing Gus, the firefly, writing words in the sky and the mischief that it caused. As a young adult, I appreciated the message of right and wrong the story conveyed. Today I love that it can still make me smile despite having first read it over 30 years ago. In my opinion this should be one of those must have books that every child (and adult) should have on their shelves.