Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 50

Picture Book: The Very Lonely Firefly

Author & Illustrator: Eric Carle

Summary: One evening a newly born firefly is flashing its light in search of other lights that might become friends. Each time he approaches lights, he is disappointed to learn that the light comes not from another firefly but from sources such as a flame from a candle, animals’ eyes, and even fireworks across the sky. Finally the firefly finds a beautiful community of fireflies and is not lonely anymore.

Hanna’s Comments: If you get your hands on a new version of this book, you and your audience will be pleased to experience the actual lights of the firefly community at the end of the book. I recommend cueing an adult to turn off the room’s lights before turning the last page. The power of community and perhaps the firefly’s relief will be revealed. 

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 1995 

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 1 and up, Toddler and up 

# of Pages: 14 

Available in Spanish? Not at present 

Formats other than Book: amateur videos on Youtube

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: attentiveness/observation/seeing, awe, beauty, belonging, birth/birthday, bonds/connections/connectedness, community, darkness/evening/night, exploration, found, friends/friendship, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, light/morning, loneliness, searching

Scripture Connections: Let your light shine before others (Matthew 5:14-16), Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47) 

Idea(s) for Application: Consider this book when planning a lesson for children on Pentacost.

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