Perfect Picture Book Friday: Fly, Firefly!

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

For Susanna’s complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

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5 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday: Fly, Firefly!

  1. Andrea Mack says:

    What a wonderful cover illustration! Thanks for featuring this one! I’m captivated by the opening lines and the synopsis. Your thoughts clinch it — I need to find this one.

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  2. I love Rachael Carson too. I love that the author shared a story about the firefly that Carson and her granddaughter saw. The story fascinates readers from beginning to end. And, I loved fireflies as a kid, so this would appeal to me! Love that cover!

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  3. That is a gorgeous cover! I love the back story to this, too. Thanks for the rec!

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  4. Such an intriguingly beautiful cover. I wish there were fireflies in the PNW. I put this book on my TBR list. Looking forward to libraries opening back up. Thank you for featuring it.

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  5. Really miss fireflys – or as we used to call them back east: lightning bugs.

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