|ISBN 10 : 03992 27741|
ISBN 13: 978 03992 27745
Is it Science, or, Poetry?
Science - Fireflies have bioluminescence.
Poetry - Fireflies are little stars, that flicker.
Apart from science and poetry, Eric Carle shows a little firefly, who is searching for a place, where it belongs. (Eric Carle's words classify that "The Very Lonely Firefly" is about belonging (to a group)).
A lonely firefly, born at the time of sunset, sets out on a search for other fireflies. But, the night takes the firefly to various lights such as a light bulb, a candle, a flashlight and a lantern. Even, the firefly flies towards the gleaming eyes of a dog, a cat and an owl.
After its journey through various sources of light, does the firefly find what it is looking for? What is that magic flickering in the last page of the book? Does this book get bioluminescence?
Publisher : Philomel Books
Classification : Emotional (Belonging), Science (Various sources of light)
Age : Preschooler, Kindergartener
My Comment :
Last comes first here. Above all the enriching story, it is the last page (It is really flickering) that caught the attention of my kids, after our first reading. They played with this book, with every possible light settings in home, as the fireflies glow. (You got to check this awesome last page on how the fireflies flicker with light.)
In my what-this-book-teaches-my-kids view, this is an unique book, as it moves around the various sources of light at night. Also, the emotional appeal of the book is also unique. Belonging is the very natural instinct of every living being, which lives in a group or society. (Aren't, we, humans strive to establish social belonging from time to time?).
Eric Carle's illustrations can energize any writing, with life. And, that perfect magic happens in this book too. This book has some science, soothing emotions, vivid pictures. I have two curious listeners. What else could I ask for?
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