The Very Lonely Firefly Hardcover – Jun 1 1995
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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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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... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Linda
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. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003
Love the series, but the little lights at the end always need batteries. UGhPublished on Sept. 11 2003
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.Published on July 18 2003
I was excited to get this book for my 9 month old son because we both enjoy reading Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Read morePublished on July 12 2003
My son delights in having this book read to him nightly. He can't wait to get to the last page to see all the fireflies light up. You can't go wrong with this book!Published on Nov. 15 2002 by Barbara J. French
The artwork is amazing and the sparkling litghts in the end are a magical surprise. My 2 year old son loves it and so do I. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002