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The Very Lonely Firefly Hardcover – Jan 24 2002


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Anv edition (Jan. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399227741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399227745
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of Eric Carle's books begin with a small creature being born just as a great yellow sun rises. This time the hero is a firefly, and the inimitably Carle-ish cut-paper orange-and-yellow sun is setting. The firefly buzzes off in search of companionship, but keeps following other lights by mistake--a candle, a flashlight, a lantern--and these in turn are all leading in the direction of a fireworks display. Finally, the lonely firefly finds the friends it is seeking--a dozen or more other fireflies. This is one of a series of large (11.5 by 8.5 inches) format Carle books with a mechanical twist: in this case, the firefly's new group of friends start to flash (from tiny yellow bulbs embedded in the book) as you turn the last page. (The battery is replaceable.) (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr

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With characteristic simplicity-and the now expected visual "surprise" at book's end-Carle delivers another heartwarming tale about a diminutive creature on a quest. In the author/artist's words, his latest story "is about belonging." As the sun sets, a firefly is born: "It stretched its wings and flew off into the darkening sky." Searching for other fireflies, the lonely little guy flies hopefully toward other lights (a bulb in a window, a candle, a flashlight, the shining eyes of an owl, car headlights, fireworks), only to discover that they are not what he is looking for. Youngsters will be as tickled as the no-longer-lonely firefly to find, on the last spread, "a group of fireflies, flashing their lights"-with the help of replaceable batteries (final version not seen by PW). Carle's richly hued, collage-like art and gentle text will be comfortingly familiar to his numerous young devotees. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 on May 8 2004
Format: Board book
Okay, don't even hesitate on this book, just buy it! The fireflies light up at the end of the book and there just couldn't be any child anywhere that wouldn't be thrilled with this book. Mine just played and played with it and couldn't put it down. Still is one of his favorites and has to be read VERY frequently! This is such a cute, cute book and very well done. Plus, it has fireworks in it - another household favorite! It goes through and shows the many things that light up at night, explaining them very well. Just grab it and run - you won't be disappointed!
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By CR on April 23 2003
Format: Board book
I've been sharing this with my daughter since she was about 7 months old. She was a little antsy the first time through, but when we reached the lights she fell in love with the book. It is her favorite of the Eric Carle books (although she really likes sticking her fingers in the holes of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.) My daughter is now 20 months old and asks for this story every night. Her vocabulary is growing with each rereading and she is able to point out most objects (firefly, candle, lantern, dog, cat, flashlight, lights) to me. I am surprised at how much she enjoys it and find this is one book I don't mind reading every night.
The batteries are the only problem. The first set finally died after a year of steady use, and the second set didn't last very long. (I suspect she left the boook open all day.) I am having trouble finding replacements that don't cost more than the book, but the book is so enjoyable I don't mind.
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My son loves the book but it seems like the same story as The Very Quiet Cricket to me, with a slight differences. When the book first came the lights didn't blink and I was afraid I'd have to buy batteries. After about 5 days my son was playing with the button on the last page and the lights began to blink - he squealed and played with the book for a really long time.
It's a great book, classic Eric Carle artwork and just long enough to still be interesting when you reach the end, but not on my "must have" list. It's always checked out from the library so I bought it. No regrets on buying it - we've read it daily for almost 2 weeks now - and he liked it even without the lights, so I'm sure he'll like still like it months from now.
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By A Customer on Dec 17 2000
Format: Hardcover
My children (ages 2&4) adore this book. The text is a bit boring, but they look forward to the last page. They also have a tendency to leave it open, and the batteries have been replaced twice in the last 5 months -- (it takes 4 batteries that retail for $2-3 each, and I've only been able to find them at one electronics store). This seems to be too much maintenance for a children's book -- especially given that we enjoy Eric Carle's "no-maintenance" books just as much or more.
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By A Customer on Jan. 19 2002
Format: Board book
This is my 15 month old daughters favorite book. At her request I read this story again and again to her every night. She's just started learning a new word "firefly". When we get to the part where we see a dog and a cat and an owl I make the animal noises and she loves it. I love all Eric Carle books and this one is very special to us. Buy it and enjoy with your little one!
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By "intentaccess" on April 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an information book about a lonely firefly searching for other fireflies. The search leads him to other sources of light such as light, candle, and flashlight. The text may be a little weak but that is what gives you time to add science discussion or what we feel like when we are feeling lonely. The last page is the best and sparks in those little eyes makes it all worthwhile!
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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2003
Format: Board book
This book I didn't like very much.It's about a firefly trying to find his friends and family.So he looks and looks.But everytime he thinks it's them.It isn't.But he keeps on looking.It teaches kids if you keep on trying you'll find what your looking for.It probaly for kids between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.This book is okay.Good but not the best.At the end the fireflys flash.
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By Brown1 on May 7 2002
Format: Board book
My little boys love this book. It is a board book that is easy to read, and is entertaining. We take when we go to places. They love to turn the pages and look at the pictures. The board book also take a more wear-n-tear than a paperback. It is small enough to put in a small diaper bag, for those times when entertainment is needed.
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