National Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “It’s A Firefly Night” by Dianne Ochiltree

This beautiful book will thrill all the little kids who love sparkly things and/or fireflies. I of course used to love both. And with poetry in the mix, you can’t lose!

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Simple verses tell the story of a little girl who can’t wait for firefly nights, “when the moon is high and the stars are bright.” She collects them in a jar and then races to show her dad “their dancing-light show.”

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But she doesn’t keep them for long:

“Flickering quicker,
they sparkle and shine.
I love catching fireflies,
but they are not mine.”

She gently releases them and watches them blink off into the night.

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At the end of the book the author has collected some facts about fireflies that she arranges inside glowing balls on a two-page spread. Best of all, both the front and back covers have real glitter surrounding the fireflies!

The colorful collages by Betsy Snyder are vibrant and magical.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Blue Apple Books, 2013

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5 Responses to National Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “It’s A Firefly Night” by Dianne Ochiltree

  1. Tabatha says:

    Love the rich color of those illustrations!

  2. Another beautiful book! Children’s books are so much more vibrant now… I just want to grab them all 🙂

  3. sagustocox says:

    Wow, this looks gorgeous. I think my daughter would love this.

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    You mean you don’t love fireflies and sparkly things now? This looks like a beautiful book!

  5. Rachel says:

    I love the illustrations! They remind me of Eric Carle..

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