The Very Lonely Firefly

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Overview

One night a very lonely firefly goes off in search of friends. Each time he sees a flicker of light he flies off toward it, but none of them turn out to be fireflies. He sees a lantern, an owl's eyes, even headlights shining in the darkness. Will the lonely firefly ever find creatures like himself? A classic in its own time, The Very Lonely Firefly is finally available in a beautiful board book format, perfect for the youngest readers and the smallest hands. And just as in the hardcover edition, the fireflies' ...

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Overview

One night a very lonely firefly goes off in search of friends. Each time he sees a flicker of light he flies off toward it, but none of them turn out to be fireflies. He sees a lantern, an owl's eyes, even headlights shining in the darkness. Will the lonely firefly ever find creatures like himself? A classic in its own time, The Very Lonely Firefly is finally available in a beautiful board book format, perfect for the youngest readers and the smallest hands. And just as in the hardcover edition, the fireflies' lights actually light up, delighting children of all ages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399234279
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 82,142
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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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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