Sam and the Firefly

Sam and the Firefly

by P. D. Eastman


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800066
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1958
Series: I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 48,560
Product dimensions: 9.34(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD270L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

P. D. Eastman was one of the stars of the Beginner Books line with beloved classics like Are You My Mother?; Go, Dog. Go!; The Best Nest; and more!

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Sam and the Firefly 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my son was born in 2000 I gave him all of my children's books I had as a child. Now that he's old enough I am reading them to him all the time. The other day he took out Sam and the Firefly and I asked him, 'Why this book?' as I always do. He answered, 'It has the Cat in the Hat on it.' We read it, and like Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman liked to write in a special way, and in a great way. I like reliving my childhood with my son and with the help of books like this. It's fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Sam and every night when i was a child, my parents would read me this story. Its great i highly recommend this book.
Emma Dixon More than 1 year ago
I used to read this book as a child! I loved it and still do!!!
jannez64 More than 1 year ago
My aunt must have read me this book 100 times. I decided to get it for my 4 year old. He loves it! The narrator has a great voice. I still love it myself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 17-months old and LOVES this book...she loves that it speaks to her and she already knows how to "turn" the pages...absolutely recommend this to the kids!
Ping Wang More than 1 year ago
This book is nice! :) and it would be funny for little kids! ;) I rated all five stars! I know you could see that
DonJ More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old grandson absolutely loved the book (as did his XX year old Mom). All things, Dr. Suess related, are enjoyable to him, me and his Mom.!
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While in the Dr. Seuss library, this simple story is cute but not as masterly as some others in the collection. Sam, a lonely owl because all his potential friends are asleep when he is awake, finally meets a playmate in Gus, the firefly. Too bad that little bug has a tricky streak ...The story is sweet, with a good message, and if it does hit you over the head with its moral, that's not too bad in books for young children. The characters are silly animals which is appealing. The language is stilted, and I think that is due to the fact that the writers are deliberately using simple words that beginning readers can decode. So it's good in the sense that the book can be instructional, but it always bothers me a little when the language has to suffer in order to fit a certain reading level. I've seen other books successfully use easily decoded words in a language that still sounds natural and doesn't grate on the ear. Still, this was the major flaw with the story and that's not so bad. With its cute characters and morals, and happy ending, this reminded me of one of those old Disney cartoons. Simple, but still satisfying, even if nothing to be too excited about.
srssrs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Sam and the Firefly' is a great book that teaches lessons for a beginning reader about right and wrong. It could be used to teach elementary level students about bullying and harrassment. It could also be used to discuss decision making. In the end all i, ' has a lot of potential teaching social behaviors. This book also has a fair amount of rhyme and repetition in it making it great for a beginner reader. Mini-lessons are an opportunity to teach something quickly and 'Sam and the Firefly, ' could keep a teacher busy for a while. It isn't a simple book and could be very useful for grades 3-5. Younger children read it and re-tell it. Older children could read it, and learn it. **** Early reader, moral
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yow wow! It's the fifties and "bad tricks" are afoot in smalltown USA as a firefly named Gus unleashes the power of language in the absence of moral precepts. Eastman writes a strange, broken kind of blank verse which gets pretty tiresome by the end.
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Ann_W More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute story about somewhat unlikely friends, an owl and a firefly. One tries to keep the other out of trouble, with little luck, at first. So there's a lesson to be learned, but it's also an entertaining tale and a good book for children who are learning to read.
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Munsey More than 1 year ago
Love this book which makes my 3 and 5 year old laugh out loud! Great story of friendship and behavior that has consequences. A Dr Seuss book that does not disappoint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my kids, now my gkids will get this.
Dara63 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite children's books. It is great for showing children that sometimes fun can be fun and then sometimes it can hurt other people. It shows it's important to think about how our actions affect others, using two fun characters.
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