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!


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 fireflies in a jar and then races to show her dad “their dancing-light show.”


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.


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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