Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "The Very Lonely Firefly” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 58% off the $25.99 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Very Lonely Firefly Hardcover – June 1, 1995
From timeless classics to new favorites, find children's books for every age and stage. See more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The only reason I am giving this a 3 star rating is that I bought the same book again for another gift, and the lights didn't work. I reordered it once more after that and the lights didn't work on that copy either. Amazon was great and refunded my purchase, but the delay caused by the two copies that didn't work caused quite a delay in sending my gift. I know that's the risk you take when ordering online, but I was hoping after my first great experience, that any future purchases would go just as smoothly.
Love the Eric Carle books - the ones with stories use real language with (more) sophisticated words than many children's books. Even the "What Do You See" books uses descriptive verbs. Plan to collect all of them.