It's a Firefly Night

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Overview

"One, two, three, four, five. My jar's like a light bulb that's just come alive." The lilting verses in this concept book chronicle a girl's capture and release of ten fireflies. Kid-readers will count up and down along with the song-like text. Interesting information about fireflies is included in the book's final spread, adding a touch of accessible nonfiction to this charming not-just-for-bedtime offering.

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Overview

"One, two, three, four, five. My jar's like a light bulb that's just come alive." The lilting verses in this concept book chronicle a girl's capture and release of ten fireflies. Kid-readers will count up and down along with the song-like text. Interesting information about fireflies is included in the book's final spread, adding a touch of accessible nonfiction to this charming not-just-for-bedtime offering.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“When the moon is high/ and the stars are bright,/ Daddy tells me,/ ‘It’s a firefly night,’ ” explains a girl in a pink nightgown, as she races through her yard trying to collect glimmering lightning bugs. Snyder’s illustrations pull some serious weight to create a feeling of nighttime magic: the lawn glows with an almost supernatural lime green, which is echoed in the gleam of the fireflies and the stars in a night sky painted in rough strokes of blue and violet. The overall effect of Snyder’s art is that of cut-paper collage, and she includes friendly details throughout, from the small smiles that the fireflies wear to the reassuring presence of the girl’s father, clad in his bedroom slippers. Ochiltree’s rhymes are sturdy, and she makes it clear that, while catching fireflies is fun, the beetles are not meant to be kept (“Uncurling my hand,/ easy and slow,/ I whisper good-bye,/ then I let it go!”). Assorted firefly facts close out this cozy evocation of a special dad-and-daughter night. Ages 3–6. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
On a summer's night, a child sails out into her yard to gather (and then release) lightning bugs. Just like the stars that seem to wink and glimmer in Snyder's moonlit, mist-streaked night skies, fireflies glow in the grass amid scattered trees and flowers. They smile in close-up views as the child, barefoot and nightgown-clad, gently gathers them into a big jar while her father looks on. Reflecting that "I love catching fireflies, / but they are not mine," she cups each captive in her hand before "easy and slow, / I whisper good-bye, / then I let it go!" A spread of firefly facts caps the idyllic nighttime foray. Rough sparkly patches on the jacket add a tactile element that compensates, at least in part, for inner flaps that cover parts of the endpaper nightscapes. The bugs and brushwork resemble Eric Carle's, but Snyder's art works its own magic. An intimate encounter with nature lit not just by stars and fireflies, but also an affecting dose of daddy-daughter warmth. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609052911
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 777,818
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne Ochiltree grew up in a family that loved nature, animals, and books. She teaches writing in schools and has written several mathematical-orientated picture books. Take a look at her great-for-kids-parents-teachers-and-retailers website at www.ochiltreebooks.com The author lives in Dingman's Ferry, PA and Sarasota, FL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    This book is adorable! I originally bought this because the litt

    This book is adorable! I originally bought this because the little girl on the cover looks similar to my daughter and the dog looks just like ours too! But after reading it we all just loved the story, it teaches children then can catch the fireflies and place them in a jar to view them but you do have to gently free them into the night! It's just great and on the back page it gives some interesting facts about fireflies too. Great book would recommend to friends and family! 

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    The beauty of a children¿s book comes from the fact that adults

    The beauty of a children’s book comes from the fact that adults can nod their heads and smile as they read to their child at night. They can think back to a time in their lives when everything was good, fun and magical (before the burden of a hectic adult world had come along). These are the memories that adults cherish. And by reading fantastic books like this one to their kids, they build more happy memories that their own child will never forget as they grow up and become parents themselves.




    Perhaps if you were born in a big city you won’t have the blissful memory of what this book is all about. If surrounded by tall buildings and busy streets all your life, you may not understand the absolute beauty and fun this tale brings. But you should definitely experience it.




    As a person who grew up in a small town with big skies filled with stars, I can relate to walking with my father hand-in-hand on a summer’s evening and discovering the mass of fireflies that twinkled in the air.




    Chasing the fireflies was like chasing tiny little angels. When you caught one and cupped your hand around it, it felt almost like Harry Potter’s magic did to the kids in the last generation. The fireflies in the open skies fluttered and blinked causing you to race behind them; you thought that if you looked into the strange light long enough that the firefly would unveil some sort of secret magic.




    This author and illustrator team obviously knows this world quite well, because they have done an amazing job of bringing that experience back to others. Far away from computers, cells, video games, etcetera - this is a simple tale of a father and daughter who go out in the night to chase those fireflies. The little girl runs through the high grass on a warm summer evening with her dog by her side. The grass is soft and warm against her bare toes and she feels absolute excitement catching the fireflies and then allowing them to continue their journey - soaring into the air as they join with the stars above to make the sky extra-special.




    Although eBooks are the rage in this fast-paced world, a hardcover children’s book with stunning illustrations is still the best; reminding everyone that even with technology it’s important to have face-to-face time. Resting, sitting back and holding the book in one hand while your child curls up beside you to live the magic, is a memory you want to have as a parent. And this lovely book should be a part of those quiet family times. If you are out there in that small town with a great big sky, make catching fireflies a ritual. There is nothing more fun…and I have my Dad to thank for that).




    Quill says: A mesmerizing journey for both parent and child.

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