Monday, December 7, 2020

FLY, FIREFLY! A Review and Picture Book Giveaway

 Congratulations to Connie Saunders who won the autographed copy of JUST BETWEEN SAM AND ME from last week's blog.


With the holidays coming up, I'm going to review and give away a few more books than usual. I know that many of you give these books to your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. I enjoy passing them along and would love if you share pictures with their books on Facebook (please tag me and Sleeping Bear Press too) --as long as their parents don't mind!

Today I have another outstanding book written by Shana Keller and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. Shana is no stranger to my blog but this is the first time I saw Ramona's evocative illustrations. 


With a few pictures and quotes from this rhyming picture book, I hope you will glimpse the beauty and hear the music in this story.

REVIEW



                                   to see the sea.


Attracted by bright lights in the ocean, the firefly ends up being whooshed out to sea. 



A young woman and her niece see him sink.

The woman wades in and scoops him out from the wet sand. Her niece explains to the firefly he is seeing bioluminescence swirling and twirling in the great sea. 



Cradling him in her hand, she brings him back to the tree line. 

"Trust us, you'll see. That glittering there is from the sea.
The glowing HERE is your own family.

 


 


 

CURRICULUM RESOURCE

This lovely picture book not only includes a message about the importance of "staying close" to one's family, but the back matter includes how Rachel Carson inspired this story and information about bioluminescence. Pre-kindergarten through second-grade teachers could use this book in their classrooms. See Shana's website for LOTS of ways to use this book as a resource. 


GIVEAWAY

Leave me a comment if you wish to be entered in this giveaway. PLEASE leave your email if you are new to my blog. If you are a new follower, I'll enter your name twice--just let me know! The giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 PM. 


21 comments:

Susan said...

Enter me! Enter me! I'd love another book and this one looks beautiful!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This is both entertaining and educational and I'm enchanted with the colors in the illustrations!
Blessings!
Connie
cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol Baldwin said...

YEs, the colors are AMAZING! You're both in, Connie and Susan.

Becky Scharnhorst said...

Wow! What a beautiful book! The illustrations are incredible, and the language is lovely. Thanks for sharing is with us!

Carol Baldwin said...

You are welcome, Becky. It is beautiful!

Trish said...

Looks great!! Sign me up!

Danielle H. said...

I have fond memories of fireflies growing up and have stayed fascinated by them as an adult. I look forward to their twinkling presence each year as it means my favorite season has begun. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this beautiful book.

Carol Baldwin said...

I enjoy your comments, Danielle. you're in!

rowanhistorylady said...

Stunning illustrations! We live on a farm so catching fireflies is a regular occurrence. I had a friend one time who left her very responsible children with their dad. He watched tv the whole time while the girls ran in an out giggling. They seemed fine so the dad did not check up on what they were doing. When he did, he discovered they had filled their bedroom with lightening bugs. Needless to say, he spent the rest of the evening catching fireflies to take out of the house with the girls. My friend said he learned a lesson about checking up on them more closely.

Jana Leah B said...

Oh this book looks so pretty. Looking forward to reading & seeing the rest of it.
turtle6422 at gmail dot com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Jana Leah!

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in Teresa!

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Carol,
I love fireflies! I am very impressed with the story shared by Shana Keller and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. So awesome!

Never Give Up
Joan

Carol Baldwin said...

I agree, Joan. You're in!

Wendy said...

Looks like a lovely book on many levels!

JoyceHostetter said...

So lyrical - both text and pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Younger said...

The illustrations are magical! And rhyme, when done so well, makes for very happy read alouds.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Barbara, Wendy, and Joyce. You’re all in.

Rosi said...

This looks like a really sweet book. I have a great=grand who would love this. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Hewi Mason

Carol Baldwin said...

I knew you would like this, Hewi!

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