The Very Lonely Firefly

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Overview

When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it's looking for.

Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table—and watch those fireflies glow!

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Overview

When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it's looking for.

Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table—and watch those fireflies glow!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399227745
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 49,450
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.86 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle lives in Tavernier, Florida.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Delightful Book

    I bought this book for my grand-baby and she simply loves it!!! It's one of her favorite books. The little blinking lights are a wonderful surprise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Wonderful book.

    Totally engaged my 2 1/2 y/o grand daughter. We read it almost everyday and she doesn't seem to tire of it. Her 5 y/o sister is also able to read it for the most part snd loves reading it to me.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Good book.

    Ordered this book online because it was recommended by a Barnes & Noble employee. When the book arrived there was no battery so the final effect of all the fireflies lighting up was lost. Disappointed in B&N and not the book.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    Very very cute!

    This is a wonderful and cute Eric Carle book! I wish we had purchased it in "lap" sized edition because the words are kind of small. It is still a major hit with my son! He has been reading it for months and he is still amazed every time he sees the fireflies lights flicker at the end of the story. I recommend it but if you're looking for it I would try to find it in the "lap" size!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

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    Fireflys by Eric Carle

    My grandchildren love Eric Carle books. This purchase was a request by my 7 yr old granddaughter to give as a gift to her newborn cousin. My granddaughter plans to read this to her. When my granddaughter was little she always wanted me to read Eric Carle books to her.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Wonderful edition of the The Very Lonely Firefly

    This book is a delight -- I almost kept it instead of giving it as a gift. I gave it to an almost 5-year old we were visiting in Japan (he speaks English) because we were going to a special garden to see fireflies. He loved the book and enjoys re-reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    This was purchased as a shower gift.

    GIFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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