Fly, Firefly By Shana Keller & Ramona Kaulitzki

Back of Book:
One evening at dusk a wind current carries a lone firefly out over the sea. Glancing down into the water, the insect is mesmerized by the glowing bioluminescence, mistaking it for other fireflies. Seeking company, the firefly plunges into the waves. Luckily, there are human bystanders who can lend a hand. Based on an event witnessed by nature writer and ecologist Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring) where a firefly attempts to join its “family” in the ocean.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Sleeping Bear Press in exchange for an honest review.
I remember seeing fireflies for the first time on a trip to Wisconsin. I was memorized by the beauty of the simple glow. Fly Firefly is a delightful story based on writing by Rachel Carson. Author Shana Keller took this concept and created a stunning lyrical story about the journey of a firefly. The text follows the firefly as it tries to find its way back to its family. A little girl and her aunt find the firefly and help it get back to the sky. The illustrations by Ramona Kaulitzki are whimsical and beautifully I was in awe of the underwater and sky illustrations. The back of the book has more information about Rachel Carson and fireflies. This is an excellent story to discuss science and insects. It is also a perfect look at the importance of treating all creatures big and small with kindness and respect. This story has so many amazing themes and concepts that can be discussed and shared in classrooms or at home. I am so excited to share it with my students.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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