F Is for Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet

F Is for Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet

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by Kathy-jo Wargin, Linda Bronson

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“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.  See more details below


“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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Summer holds magic, especially for children, and this alphabet book takes some of that season's beloved symbols and associates them with a metaphor for God's love and bounty. "He made the fireflies/light up the night,/a flash and a flicker-/his love is so bright." Most of the couplets have a bouncy rhythm, and many of Wargin's choices will indeed remind children of summer: daisies, ladybugs, picnics, swimming, etc. However, the word associations for some letters are haphazard and general, e.g., "O is for Owl." Bronson's vivid, loose paintings capture the season well. In a crowded field, this is an additional alphabet book.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Wargin continues her series of seasonal 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 the 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. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)

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7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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F is for fireflies

By Kathy-jo Wargin


Copyright © 2011 Kathy-jo Wargin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-71663-1

Chapter One

A is for Anchor

Lift up your Anchor; the sunshine is here. It's time for the blessings of God's summer cheer.

B is for Boat

Summer brings Boats that set sail in the breeze. The water reminds us that God calms the seas.

C is for Castle

Let's find a beach to build Castles of sand. God tells us kindness means lending a hand.


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Meet the Author

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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F Is for Fireflies: God's Summertime Alphabet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A amber colered she with silver paws and tip of tail. Leader of clan and Cougarthorns mate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*****Name: Cougarthorn * Age: 9 moons * Pelt: light tan with white underbelly * Eyes: soft amber * Mate: Firestar * kits: Waterkit ((adopted)) * Rank: deputy **** Name: Waterkit * Age: 3 moons * Pelt: different shades of blue * Eyes: icy blue * Mate: none * Mother: Firestar * Father: Cougarthorn*****
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
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.