Friday, September 13, 2013

It's a Firefly Night, by Dianne Ochiltree (illustrated by Betsy Snyder)

It's a Firefly Night
Author: Dianne Ochiltree
Illustrator: Betsy Snyder
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
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I loved this book. It's the exact right combination of beautiful and evocative illustrations, a simple and delightful story, and new facts to learn. It's the story of a little girl whose father gets her out of bed to see the night sky full of fireflies. My daughter Magda, who has never seen a firefly, was fascinated to learn that they are actually beetles, that adult fireflies live such a short time that they never eat, and that the larva are called glowworms. She also liked finding hidden delights in the beautiful illustrations.

Magda thought there was a swan in the above picture. Can you spot it? (Hint: It's actually a skunk.)

Magda said, "We don't know the little girl's name so I'm going to call her Lola. She looks like a Lola. Lola really likes fireflies!"

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