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The Very Lonely Firefly Hardcover – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Anv edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399227741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399227745
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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.

Customer Reviews

It gets read every night.
Jeff
Blinking lights would not work on either book, even with new batteries.
Sandy Lakin
The flashing lights for fireflies at the end is the icing on the cake!
Linda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2004
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CR on April 23, 2003
Format: Board book
I've been sharing this with my daughter since she was about 7 months old. She was a little antsy the first time through, but when we reached the lights she fell in love with the book. It is her favorite of the Eric Carle books (although she really likes sticking her fingers in the holes of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.) My daughter is now 20 months old and asks for this story every night. Her vocabulary is growing with each rereading and she is able to point out most objects (firefly, candle, lantern, dog, cat, flashlight, lights) to me. I am surprised at how much she enjoys it and find this is one book I don't mind reading every night.
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on April 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an information book about a lonely firefly searching for other fireflies. The search leads him to other sources of light such as light, candle, and flashlight. The text may be a little weak but that is what gives you time to add science discussion or what we feel like when we are feeling lonely. The last page is the best and sparks in those little eyes makes it all worthwhile!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My children (ages 2&4) adore this book. The text is a bit boring, but they look forward to the last page. They also have a tendency to leave it open, and the batteries have been replaced twice in the last 5 months -- (it takes 4 batteries that retail for $2-3 each, and I've only been able to find them at one electronics store). This seems to be too much maintenance for a children's book -- especially given that we enjoy Eric Carle's "no-maintenance" books just as much or more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Eric Carle's books are enduring favorites with our family.This one isparticularly fun because when you turn the last page, all the fireflies flash their lights. Great for bedtime with the lights down low!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Another Tired English Major on September 7, 2004
Format: Board book
My 3 year old daughter enjoyed this book a great deal when she was 2. It hasn't held her attention in quite the same way as other Eric Carle books (Brown Bear,etc. or Polar Bear, etc. for instance). But the colors and lights entranced her, and we still read this book once in awhile.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denali VINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter LOVES Eric Carle's books. They are consistently her favorites ones to read. I bought this for her for Christmas. It's now February and she just started requesting this at bedtime. She likes the lights at the end. I think the story would have been better without the little dialogues from the characters. I understood what they were talking about, but I didn't think it was relevant to the actual story. So I don't read them anymore.

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Board book
This book is cute and the special effect of flashing lights on the last page is clever. But the text is less interesting than in the author's Spider and Caterpillar books. I'm not looking for brilliant text, but this is downright boring. I'd get the other two first and get this one only if your kid loves the others.
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