- Age Range: 5 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563977257
- ISBN-13: 978-1563977251
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night of the Fireflies, The Hardcover – September 1, 2004
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5– In this disappointing picture book, luminous illustrations and a soul-stirring premise clash with insubstantial storytelling and thin characterization. Miko and Toshio eagerly anticipate the "Night of the Fireflies," when they gather with other children in a clearing in the woods to watch their principal open a box filled with fireflies. Toshio catches several of them and puts them in a lantern. Miko is so charmed by the creatures that she takes the lantern, runs off into the trees, and gets lost. Her brother soon finds her and leads her home, where they set the insects free together. The story is forced and contrived. An appended author's note explains that in Japan, fireflies no longer fill the skies; now they are raised and released on a summer evening so that area children can see them. Had this information been incorporated into the story, it might have added richness to the book and helped clarify the events. Ito's realistic illustrations of the siblings and of the background scenery are punctuated with the glowing colors of the insects and the lantern, giving the pictures a magical quality. Despite the exquisite artwork, this collaboration falls flat.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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PreS-Gr. 2. Although fireflies were once plentiful in Japan, they are now so scarce that they are raised and released one night each summer for the children. Miko has never seen a firefly, but she daydreams about their glow and can hardly wait for the Night of the Fireflies. She walks to the park with her older brother, and when the insects are set free, she is captivated by their flickering glow and catches several to take home. Her brother, however, says they must let the fireflies go, and as they fly out of the lantern into the night sky, she admires their beautiful, dancing lights. Ito's soft-edged illustrations beautifully capture the velvet darkness of the evening, the magical glow of the fireflies, and Miko's fascination with the festival. Children will enjoy this gentle story, which may prompt questions about why the fireflies no longer appear on their own in Japan. Karen Hutt
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This is one of the books you read with a soft and quiet voice. Even though throughout the book, dark colors prevail, the shining dots here and there and the - so to speak - illuminated text, the LIGHT dominates the pictures.
A wonderful book for summer night readings.
We concluded that America, too, needs a special night devoted to the fireflies so we can experience this magical gift from nature.
We love Karen Winnick's books and art (although she used a different illustrator for this story). Yokito Ito, the illustrator, did some beautiful drawings and we thought her work complemented the story very well.
Highly recommended book.
John and Nancy