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The Very Lonely Firefly (1995)

by Eric Carle

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A lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies.

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Omg stop wandering into other people's lights lol.

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- If you're lonely, find your people! Never stop searching! ( )
  AvANvN | Jul 15, 2023 |
#1467 in our old book database. Rated: Indifferent

A firefly looks for fellow fireflies but keeps getting misled by other lights in the night. Meanwhile a family rushes out to see surprise fireworks.

Wake me when it's over . . .

Side note: Our copy came with an electronic component that lights up the last page, but the battery has died in the two decades since we bought the book. As I recall, the effect is not worth the price of new batteries. ( )
  villemezbrown | Mar 14, 2023 |
I nab Carle books mostly for the art, which is a good thing, because this one I somehow nabbed in Korean. Which I can't read. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
The firefly flickers his light, hoping to see another. He sees different lights and goes to them, but they are lamps, candles, headlights, or other lights. None of them are other fireflies. Until, at last, the firefly sees a bunch of lights flickering, and when he goes up to them, they are a group of other fireflies! The lonely firefly has found others like him and is no longer lonely.

This book covers the topic of companionship. The firefly just wants to find other fireflies like him and is disappointed and lonely each time he has false hope. I think that this is a metaphor that kids can understand for a lonely person looking for friends. The illustrations are really cool in this book. The backgrounds are dark colors with the different things that the firefly is looking at standing out, especially the part that is lit up. Kids can learn about fireflies, as well as companionship in this book. ( )
  dperkins9 | Mar 24, 2020 |
Another beautiful Eric Carle. This one shows all kinds of different lights. At least some versions of the board book have battery-operated twinkling lights, which is a nice idea, but I'm not fond of technological enhancements to books. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
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A restless firefly begins a search for other fireflies and is led to a lantern, a candle, the glowing eyes of a cat, dog, and owl, and a surprise celebration of light before he finds his friends and the real reason for his journey.
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