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The Very Lonely Firefly (Very Books) [Hardcover]

By Eric Carle (Author)
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Item description for The Very Lonely Firefly (Very Books) by Eric Carle...

One night a very lonely firefly goes off in search of friends. Each time he sees a flicker of light he flies off toward it, but none of them turn out to be fireflies. He sees a lantern, an owl's eyes, even headlights shining in the darkness. Will the lonely firefly ever find creatures like himself?

A classic in its own time, The Very Lonely Firefly is finally available in a beautiful board book format, perfect for the youngest readers and the smallest hands. And just as in the hardcover edition, the fireflies' lights actually light up, delighting children of all ages.

Many of Eric Carle's books begin with a small creature being born just as a great yellow sun rises. This time the hero is a firefly, and the inimitably Carle-ish cut-paper orange-and-yellow sun is setting. The firefly buzzes off in search of companionship, but keeps following other lights by mistake--a candle, a flashlight, a lantern--and these in turn are all leading in the direction of a fireworks display. Finally, the lonely firefly finds the friends it is seeking--a dozen or more other fireflies. This is one of a series of large (11.5 by 8.5 inches) format Carle books with a mechanical twist: in this case, the firefly's new group of friends start to flash (from tiny yellow bulbs embedded in the book) as you turn the last page. (The battery is replaceable.) (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr

Replacement Batteries (not included) are - L1 or AG10 or LR1130.
(Four batteries total needed.)

Publishers Description
When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it's looking for.
Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table--and watch those fireflies glow

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Very Lonely Firefly (Very Books) by Eric Carle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1246
  • Booklist - 05/15/1995 page 1651
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/05/1995 page 63
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 06/01/1995 page 778
  • School Library Journal - 08/01/1995 page 115
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1995 page 260
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 638
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 578
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 834

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 11.8" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Philomel
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  1-4
Series  Very Books  
ISBN  0399227741  
ISBN13  9780399227745  

Availability  79 units.
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More About Eric Carle

Eric Carle The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Spanish Bio:
Eric Carle es el creador de mas de setenta libros ilustrados para ninos.

Nacio en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis anos de edad se traslado con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Kunste de Stuttgart, logro cumplir su sueno de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportacion global a la literatura y a la ilustracion infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta anos despues de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguro en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, ademas de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen numero de originales de los mas destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle currently resides in New York. Eric Carle was born in 1929.

Eric Carle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Picture Books
  2. Brown Bear and Friends
  3. Classic Board Book
  4. Henry Holt Big Books
  5. My First Reader (Hardcover)
  6. Paperstar Book
  7. Penguin Young Readers: Level 2
  8. Penguin Young Readers: Level 3
  9. Ready-To-Read - Level 1 (Quality)
  10. Ready-To-Read - Level Pre1 (Cloth)
  11. Ready-To-Read - Level Pre1 (Quality)
  12. Slide and Find
  13. World of Eric Carle

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Very Lonely Firefly?

Wonderful Childs Book  Apr 13, 2008
This is a lovely book for children - the fireflies that light up at the end is a real hit!
the Very Lonely Caterpillar  Jan 19, 2008
Quick service....spoke with a kind man the helped me straighten out my order so it would be sent to a gifted party.
Excellent!   Jan 2, 2008
The book lights up! My 3 year olds love this book. It gets read every night.
Great for the kids!  Nov 14, 2007
I really liked this book but you can't go wrong with Eric Carle. I love the last page... it has a special suprise that the kids will love. You will not be disappointed.
Great book - not so great battery life  Jul 3, 2007
This is a really cute book, my son loves it. We also have Eric Carle's "Brown Bear Brown Bear" so this is a great addition to his book collection. My son's favorite part of the book is the last page where all the fireflies are shining their lights and the book actually has blinking battery-powered lights. My only complaint is that the battery has already worn out and we've only had the book for about 3 weeks.

i'm sure the battery can be replaced, it just seems like it would have lasted longer.

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