Fireflies, by Julie Brinckloe, is the story of a child who eagerly joins the other neighborhood children to catch the beautiful fireflies that light up the night sky. They each catch what feels like hundreds of the insects in their jars. After their parents tell them to come in and go to bed, the child watches the glass glow like moonlight. They begin to notice, however, that the fireflies do not fly or glow the same as they did outside, and soon their lights are barely glowing at all. The child knows they must free the fireflies into the night sky. As they release the fireflies out their open window, they are sad to see them fly away, but cannot help but smile knowing the fireflies are back where they belong.
This is a tender and sweet story that not only encapsulates the childhood excitement of catching fireflies but also teaches a lesson in kindness and empathy. Although the story was written over 30 years ago, the joy of fireflies transcends time. I believe children will find it entrancing, and parents will enjoy feeling the nostalgia for catching fireflies in their youth.
This book is recommended for children ages 5-8. It is available in print
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