Carle, Eric. The Very Lonely Firefly (Board Book). Illustrated by Eric Carle. Philomel, 1999. ISBN 0-399-23427-6. $10.99. Not paginated. A Pre-K PB Reviewed by Nancy C. Evensen This fourth book in the series that began with The Very Hungry Caterpillar opens with Carle's familiar red, yellow, and orange painted sun; unlike other Carle board books, this sun appears at the beginning rather than the end. The sun is setting, providing the perfect setting for a firefly. Throughout the book, the lonely firefly follows light bulbs, a candle, a flashlight, a lantern, an owl's eyes, headlights, and fireworks as he looks for other fireflies. On the final page, the firefly is greeted by a group of fellow fireflies. Eight of the fireflies' tails actually flash on and off when the page is opened. Young children are intrigued with this book, especially the last page, especially if the story is shared at bedtime with the lights dimmed. The artwork is the familiar Carle style. Although the text is not outstanding, the last page is a hit with young readers, and parents will appreciate the fact that the batteries are easily replaced through the back cover.
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