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The Very Lonely Firefly [Hardcover]

Eric Carle
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Jan. 24 2002
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! May 8 2004
By csm
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 JhWoods
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Great book in classic eric carle style. Love the illustrations! The end of the book features all these cute little fireflies with flashing lights, but unfortunately the batteries now have died and I can't find replacements!!!!! The conventional watch battery sold in the stores is too big for the battery requirement in this book!!! Yikes! Otherwise, a great book. :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Lonely Firefly July 9 2004
By Linda
Format:Board book
My children love this book. The flashing lights for fireflies at the end is the icing on the cake! We have been out for the past 4 nights catching fireflies in a jar (and then letting them go) to watch them glow. My boys (ages 3 and 5) love all the Eric Carle books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where Are You? Dec 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
The Very Lonely Firefly is a good book. This firefly is in search for another. He shines his light to attract others but can never find anyone. This book keeps you in suspense. He always finds a light but...It's never a firefly. To find out the ending of this book read The Very Lonley Firefly!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The very lonely firefly Oct. 3 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars My 2-1/2 year old son loves it Sept. 29 2003
Format:Board book
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun Sept. 12 2003
Format:Board book
Love the series, but the little lights at the end always need batteries. UGh
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific July 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
A classic with beautiful illustrations. Very happy to have it as a board book so I can read it to my son using only one hand.
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