Today I’m participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. Be sure to check it out here.
Title: Fly, Firefly!
Author: Shana Keller
Illustrator: Ramona Kaulitzki
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2020
Audience: Ages 4-8
Themes: Wonder, curiosity, environmental awareness
Opening lines: On a breeze, through the trees, a wind current carried him out to the sea. WHOOSH! Now he was farther than he meant to be.
Synopsis: (from the book jacket) One evening at dusk a wind current carries a lone firefly out over the sea. Glancing down into the water, the insect is mesmerized by the glowing bioluminescence, mistaking it for other fireflies. Seeking company, the firefly plunges into the waves. Luckily, there are human bystanders who can lend a hand. Back matter includes science facts about fireflies and bioluminescence, as well as information about Carson’s life.
Why I Like This Book: I have long been an admirer of environmentalist, Rachel Carson, who encouraged the nurturing of wonder and curiosity in children. I am also curious about fireflies. So, this book, based on an event Rachel Carson witnessed with her niece, was a definite “wow” for me. Told in lyrical verse and beautifully illustrated, it is a delight for the eyes, ears, and soul. The back matter is an added layer that extends the wonder.
Resources: Shana Keller offer wonderful resources including links to information about Rachel Carson, fireflies, bioluminescence, and lesson plans on her website www.shanakeller.com.
For Susanna’s complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.