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Fireflies Paperback – May 31, 1986


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Books; 1st edition (May 31, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689710550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689710551
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It brings tears to my own eyes every time I read it.
A. Weiker
I am a teacher and have been using this book with my 3rd graders for a few years now.
Peg
I can use the book many times to teach different skills.
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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a true to life story of a young boy's excitement over fireflies he catches on a warm, Summer night. The author beautifully depicts the wonder and exhilaration the boy feels as he catches hundreds of fireflies in his glass jar. As he lies awake in bed that night he watches as the fireflies moonlike glow begins to fade away. He knows he must make a decision. At the conclusion the boy awakens to the importance of life beyond himself, and it is beautiful.
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114 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this story to my three little children. After I did so in a kind of hushed whisper, we all looked at each other like we just discovered a magical place together. My oldest, who is 7, leaned her head back self-consciously, in a kind of surprise, to stop her tears from spilling over. There is so much youthful joy and discovery and poignancy in the story. What a beautiful book, not just in its words, but in the sepia-tone illustrations.I put it on MY wish list for Christmas!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Weiker on November 14, 2005
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I love this book! It has a simple, beautiful message. It brings tears to my own eyes every time I read it. I use this book to teach my 7th graders to write a critique. The illustrations are excellent and add to the magic feeling the descriptive words in the story captures. I am looking forward to reading this with my daughter in a couple of years.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my class of first graders and they loved it! This book is well-written and uses wonderful descriptive words to paint a vivid picture for the kids. They connected to the story and wanted to hear it again!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on September 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
In print since 1985, Julie Brinckloe's Fireflies - selected as a Reading Rainbow book - has found a comfortable, ongoing status as a minor classic of modern children's literature. Having far outlasted the glut of flash-in-the-pan picture books found in any recent decade, Brinckloe's snapshot of one summer evening filled with wide-eyed wonder and discovery clings to its status as a solid library add.

Both illustrated and authored by Brinckloe, Fireflies spins an enchantingly evocative story that vividly portrays the emotional tenor of summer evenings spent catching fireflies, and glorying in the wonders of nature. From the thrill of anticipation, to the joy of the chase, the glow of possession, and the bittersweet compassion of release, Brickloe's carefully developed prose rings true.

Illustrated with action-filled pencil drawings filled with feathery texture, the only glimpses of colour Brinckloe adds from her palette are blue and yellow watercolours, sparingly used for accentuation. Undeniably lovely, these understated illustrations may not be appreciated by young audiences if there only exposure to picture books has been the blaringly bright, cartoonish, or hard-edged illustrations that are so dominant in today's picture books.

Proving itself a well-written title, my six and three-year-olds were drawn into the story the first read through. They immediately settled as I read, and listened intently to the lyrical story of a boy who captures an entire jar of fireflies, only to release them reluctantly as they fade on his night table. Though they asked for a repeat reading as soon as I finished, Fireflies doesn't seem to have made a deep impression on my children so far. When I asked my oldest for her thoughts she was distinctly neutral in her opinion.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peg on October 23, 2007
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I am a teacher and have been using this book with my 3rd graders for a few years now. They can make many connections with this book and can infer and make predictions when the story is done. It is a great book because they've all got some story to tell about catching fireflies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara M. Lalevee on July 23, 2008
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Hasn't almost everyone, at one time or another, captured fireflies on a warm summer evening? This story tells about such an activity. All you need is a jar with air holes punched in the lid and the patience to carefully collect these lightning bugs and, of course, your parent's permission. It is fun to collect the insects, then to go to a very dark place (like your bedroom) and watch the bugs light up and throw a dull glow all over your bedroom. But, don't forget to let the lightning bugs go free outside before you go to sleep...Tomorrow is another day and you can collect more lightning bugs then. Have fun and enjoy reading about one of my favorite bugs, other than lady bugs.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vicki L. Sanders on November 5, 2006
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Nothing can match the wonder of a night filled with tiny lights of the firefly. This book takes me back to the child's delight in catching them, trying to make the wonder last. But, I, too, let them go in the end. Pass it on.
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