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How to Survive as a Firefly Hardcover – Picture Book, August 29, 2017

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 ratings

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Gr 2–5—Does anyone really know where fireflies come from? This book tackles the question with colorful cartoon drawings and a humorous story line involving a group of firefly larvae. Newly hatched, they get whipped into shape by an R. Lee Ermey—esque drill sergeant who guides them through the mysterious metamorphosis process. He outlines the process from egg to larvae, pupa, and finally adult. Readers find out what fireflies eat in each stage and how they change. The chemical component behind their bioluminescence, which is not exclusive to the adult stage, is also discussed. A "Frequently Asked Questions" section and a glossary round out the content. The dense, complex text, which contains scientific nomenclature, is beyond the comprehension of younger elementary school students. However, the popularity of fireflies will boost kid interest. Foote authored the similarly formatted How To Survive as a Shark, which also tackles the life cycle of a misunderstood animal. VERDICT Curious kids or those tasked with a report will enjoy. A general purchase otherwise.—Jessica Bushore, Xenia, OH

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A Junior Library Guild Selection "Foote...has her finger on the pulse of her audience.... Illuminating, of course―and also a good deal of fun" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Although Foote’s approach is redolent with humor, she wisely keeps the text fairly info-packed and straightforward, saving the broader comedy for the illustrations, where there are plenty of sight gags to tease out. The larvae are marvelously individuated..." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"Science teachers and students will love the engaging illustrations and the unique way of presenting a myriad of science terms and concepts while also making the reader chuckle. The extra sidebars and factoids are great information and presented in a way that will encourage even the most reluctant reader to notice, read, and learn from them." (Melanie Dulaney, Librarian at Hallsville Intermediate School)

"Like the young fireflies, inquiring minds will devour the interesting tidbits about this unique family of insects." (Booklist)

"Does anyone really know where fireflies come from? This book tackles the question with colorful cartoon drawings and a humorous story line..." (School Library Journal)

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  • Lexile measure : AD690L
  • Grade level : Kindergarten - 5
  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 36 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1943147329
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943147328
  • Dimensions : 10 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Publisher : The Innovation Press (August 29, 2017)
  • Reading level : 5 - 10 years
  • Language: : English
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