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The Very Lonely Firefly Hardcover – June 1, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
As an adult, I would have to say this is definitely not Carle's best work. The dark illustrations are not typical of his other books (but I understand why they have to be dark - it's a firefly at night - duh) and some of the characters are angry looking (dogs and cats fighting).
So I gave this a 3 out of 5. I wouldn't say don't buy it, but I would say don't go out of your way. Go out of your way for the other Carle books.
A young Firefly is born. He is lonely and goes is search of friends; his own kind. In his flight of search he encounters a candle, Lantern, flashing lights, a dog, a cat, an owl, cars and so much more. This is all well and good but the poor little guy knows what he wants...his search continues.
Of course the book has a very happy ending...he finally finds other fireflies and all is well.
This one is a favorite of the wee ones. The text is quite simple, bold fonts which are easy to see and read and the design of the book makes it quite easy for the little ones to turn the page. The art of course is dark and bold (after all, it is night time), but not scary. The illustrations are large and well defined being easy on the eye for group reads. The text and the illustrations go perfectly together and are absolutely delightful.
Now there is a problem though; a problem expressed by other reviewers here and a problem I encountered myself with this book. The last page is supposed to light up with firefly light. This of course necessitates the use of batteries. And here in lies the problem...from my own experiences.
I bought this book used. It was in great condition but alas, the lights would not light up. Being very crafty and well versed the use of electronic devices (I am not telling the truth here...I am clueless), I figured out quite quickly that the batteries must be dead.
My search began! This book uses a battery size designated as "2X1.5V L1131 Cells/AG10/LR1130." Now I have absolutely no idea what these numbers mean and I can assure you that the majority of clerks at various stores in S. Missouri do not either.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, love it for my daughter and the light up section at the end.Published 4 days ago by Karen P. Cote
Cute book, but I had to replace the batteries. I realize the book was published in 1999 and batteries don't last forever. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Debra
2 year old loved it. The twinkling lights really captured her attention, much more so than a "normal" book. I would definitely recommend this item.Published 17 days ago by C. Fetner
Love love love this classic little book. Bought two for my grandchildren but was quite disappointed that the book didn't light up at the end. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Deb
i love Eric Carle's stories. i got this for a new grandchild; i was disappointed that this edition doesn't have the blinking fireflies that my first copy didPublished 1 month ago by pb
What a cute book. Had the very Quiet Cricket, and figured the firefly might be just as nice. It is. Love the story and the lights at the end.Published 2 months ago by Miss Judy