The Very Lonely Firefly

Eric Carle, Author
Eric Carle, Author Philomel Books $22.99 (27p) ISBN 978-0-399-22774-5
Board Books - 32 pages - 978-0-399-23427-9
Paperback - 31 pages - 978-0-448-45850-2
Hardcover - 31 pages - 978-0-448-45851-9
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-606-26069-5
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With characteristic simplicity-and the now expected visual ``surprise'' at book's end-Carle delivers another heartwarming tale about a diminutive creature on a quest. In the author/artist's words, his latest story ""is about belonging."" As the sun sets, a firefly is born: ""It stretched its wings and flew off into the darkening sky."" Searching for other fireflies, the lonely little guy flies hopefully toward other lights (a bulb in a window, a candle, a flashlight, the shining eyes of an owl, car headlights, fireworks), only to discover that they are not what he is looking for. Youngsters will be as tickled as the no-longer-lonely firefly to find, on the last spread, ""a group of fireflies, flashing their lights""-with the help of replaceable batteries (final version not seen by PW). Carle's richly hued, collage-like art and gentle text will be comfortingly familiar to his numerous young devotees. Ages 4-up. (June)
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