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Ten Flashing Fireflies : Leveled Books - STURGES PHILEMON

Ten Flashing Fireflies

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Luminous pictures and a buoyant, chant-aloud text, combine to make this two-way counting book as joyous and magical as catching fireflies on a summer night. Two children catch fireflies on a summer night, putting them one by one into a jar until all ten are caught, and then they let them out to watch all ten fly away. AUTHOR: Philemon Sturges is an architect and author of children's books who enjoys writing, watching fireflies, and contemplating beautiful geometry. Anna Vojtech was born in Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic. She has worked as an editor, an illustrator and designer, a film animator, and a set designer. Colour throughout

Industry Reviews

Don't use the "e" word (ecology) on this nighttime reverie. Into the gloaming go two children, intent on gathering an ensemble of fireflies. One, two, three, four . . . their quarry mounts to ten, flashing bright in their glass cage. When the children retire for the night, they find that the fireflies are "Blinking so slowly in our jar." Off comes the lid and the fireflies escape into the night, dazzling again. Sturges's text counts up and back, a liturgical melodiousness in its pleasant, repetitive fashioning. The story is entirely at home in Vojtech's dreamy, nocturnal watercolors, the fireflies radiating just the right amount of magical incandescence. There is a summer's insouciance to the illustrations, which show warm, rich colors coaxed from the darkling landscape: The bright windows add a secure note, the shadowy silhouettes of the pine woods a touch of menace. If the message regarding freedom and caring is well trod, it's all for the best; a message like this bears repeating. A book quietly luminous as its subject. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9781558586741
ISBN-10: 1558586741
Series: Leveled Books
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 22.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Type: New edition