Firefly Home

Nosy Crow. Jun. 2019. 24p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781536205879.
PreS-Gr 1–A dark, star-filled night becomes the setting for one firefly’s grand adventure. While all of the other fireflies are together in their special home, Florence the firefly is lost and needs to find her way home. On her way, she encounters many bright lights, but none of them are her firefly brethren. Each time she learns that she has been misled and what she thought was her home is something else, her sadness increases. Perhaps a wish on a shooting star will provide her with the guidance she seeks. Readers familiar with the work of Eric Carle will appreciate the similar illustrations in this story. Rich dark blues situate the story squarely in the night, each page punctuated by bright yellows from both human and natural lights. The text is written to encourage reader participation, from greeting Florence, to warning her, to tracing her illuminated trail through the night sky. Though this book stands out due to its willful breaking of the fourth wall to speak directly to readers, the overall package leaves something to be desired.
VERDICT A slight, seasonal read-aloud, especially for children who enjoy participatory books

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