F Is for Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet   -     By: Kathy Jo Wargin
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F Is for Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet

ZonderKidz / 2011 / Hardcover

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From anchors to zzzz's, this illustrated book details all of summer's fun things with whimsical, rhyming text coupled with bright, detailed pictures, all from A to Z! Encourage your little ones letter and sound-recognition skills with this fun book that has great ideas of what to do in the summer months. Teach your children that God delights in us and all of the things he has created in the summer!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 10.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0310716632
ISBN-13: 9780310716631
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-7

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Publisher's Description

“God made the Fireflies light up the night, A flash and a flicker—His love is so bright!” Explore God’s warmest, wonder-filled season from A to Z. Build sandcastles, share picnics with others, and gaze at the starlit summer sky. And all the while, know that God delights in us and our summertime fun, too.

Author Bio

When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn't have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Minnesota with her husband and her son. Go to her website www.kathy-jowargin.com Linda Bronson grew up on the Jersey Shore. At school, she daydreamed and doodled instead of listening to her lessons. It wasn't until Linda went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design that she truly blossomed. Linda's painting can now be seen in picture books, magazines, advertisements, posters, and greeting cards. She thinks she has the world's best job.

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Filled to overflowing with bright, eager, child-like illustrations, F is for Fireflies is an eye magnet. Children will laugh with enjoyment as they watch the happy antics of the children in this alphabet book: splashing in puddles; enjoying an inchworm; building sandcastles. Moving page by page through the alphabet, each letter is accompanied by the fun it suggests and a paean to the God who provides it.

In F is for Fireflies, award-winning, prolific children's author Kathy-jo Wargin adeptly shares her joy in rhyme and rhythm, summertime, and the Lord. The vigorous, hop-off-the-page illustrations of Linda Bronson help the narrative dance across the pages. With F is for Fireflies, Zonderkidz adds another winner to their long list of happy, useful Christian children’s books. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Wargin continues her series of alphabet books (K is for Kite: God’s Springtime Alphabet, 2010, etc.) with this exploration of summertime delights interwoven with a religious message. Each page includes the traditional format (“B is for boat”) in large type along with two or four rhyming lines in smaller type and a relevant illustration. God is included in the text in simple, relevant ways (“God calms the seas”), and there is no mention of Jesus, so the book could be used by a wider audience than just Christian readers. The rhyming text reinforces concepts of kind and cooperative behavior as well as presenting God as a powerful and loving force in the natural world. The references to God in the text are not preachy, and not every page mentions God, so the religious content flows naturally within the story. Bronson’s vibrant, jazzy illustrations in ripe-fruit shades are filled with sunny skies, imaginative flowers and flowing lines that suggest that lively nature of happy summer days. The pictorial story follows a family and its spotted dog as they take part in traditional summer activities, but the illustrator makes this ode to summertime soar. Her paintings are filled with motion and bright colors, with children who look like they must be laughing and having a great time enjoying the outdoors. A sunny celebration.

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  1. Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome way to teach children the alphabet
    August 5, 2011
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My Review

    F is for Fireflies teaches young readers the alphabet using summertime items and activities.

    Some examples are: D is for Daisy; J is for Jump rope; V is for Vacation. Each letter has its own beautiful color page and a word that starts with the letter and there is a little verse that goes along with the word. And throughout the book the young reader not only learns their alphabet they learn special things about God as well.

    An example is:

    I is for Inchworm

    We spy an Inchworm,

    a friend to be treasured.

    Each step reminds us

    God's love can't be measured.

    What an awesome book for children. It is well constructed for the age group using colors that will capture young reader's attention. The illustrations are adorable. I love the children and the animals, especially their precious faces. The font is perfect for a child's book, and I love the shinny finish of the cover. Overall, I can't say enough about the beauty and awesomeness of this precious little book. I love everything about it! My 2 year old niece fell in love with it and she brings it for me to read to her several times a day!

    F is for Fireflies will make a wonderful addition to any library and would be a fun and colorful way to help teach children who are home schooled.

    I received this book free from Zondervan to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian alphabet book for children
    April 15, 2011
    Christine M. Irvin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kathy-jo Wargin has created another alphabet book, this one titled F Is For Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet. It's much the same as her first book, K Is For Kite: God's Springtime Alphabet, except the seasons are different. As with the first book, the author provides both a word and a short poem for each letter. All the letters in this book have something to do with summertime.

    For instance, the letter "G" is for "Garden." The accompanying text reads: "God made the Gardens, and we help them grow, weeding and watering row after row."

    The painted illustrations by Linda Bronson are done with bold colors, making them stand out. The pages are filled with illustrations of multi-cultural children.

    What I Like: I like having a series of alphabet books about the seasons. The author has one for each season.

    What I Dislike: For the most part, the rhyming text is done very well, but there are a couple of spots where it is a bit strained. As with the other book, the only thing I would add is a Bible reference of some kind for the text.

    Overall Rating: Very good.

    Age Appeal: 4-8
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