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The Very Lonely Firefly

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,188 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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 l
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Philomel Books
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Nov 19, 2016 Miranda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I absolutely love the end of this with the light up part showing all the fireflies it was a pleasant surprise and the kiddo loved it.
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 08, 2016 Lauren Stoolfire rated it it was amazing
How have I never read this classic picture book before now?
Nov 19, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
The Very Lonely Firefly / Eric Carle / 1995
Genre: fiction
Format: picture book

Plot Summary:A lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies.

Considerations: none

Review Citation:
Booklist Reviews, May 1995
"Its simplicity and its depiction of feeling lonely and finding one's place in a group will appeal to preschoolers. As the flap copy says, "The Very Lonely Firefly is about belonging."

Recommended age: 3-6
Courtney Ford
Feb 12, 2017 Courtney Ford rated it really liked it
In this book a lonely firefly is looking for another firefly by following around different sources of light. He first spots a lightbulb through a window, hoping that it was another firefly. He then spots a candle and flashlight and is once again disappointed that it is not another firefly. He continues to follow around different sources of light until he finds a group of fireflies and is no lonely. I believe that the major theme of the book is to never give up. He did not give up he found what h ...more
Jan 23, 2017 Q rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents of young children, Eric Carle fans, Teachers
Another wonderful story from Eric Carle. It shows different types of light from a fireflys perspective. The lights at the end of the book are a nice ending. This could be used as a bedtime story for little ones.
This story could be used as a lesson on light or fireflies, during storytime, as a bedtime story or any child at all.
Jan 20, 2017 Maki rated it it was amazing
I love all of Eric Carle's books.
Drew Graham
Sep 24, 2016 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
A lonely firefly meanders through the night looking for others of its kind. Will it ever find them?

This book gave me a legit *gasp* moment when I reached the last page at the library. It's a fun surprise and a great little story along the way. I don't always love each and every illustration but the style is undeniably unique and appealing.
Jailah Gamble
Sep 03, 2015 Jailah Gamble rated it really liked it
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle starts off with a scene of the sun setting and becoming night time. The book brings in the main character, the lonely firefly. The lonely firefly is flying through the night trying to find someone that has the same light as he does. On the way he runs into a family and their pets who has different objects that confuses the firefly into thinking they are the same as him. He keeps searching through the night until he finds what he was looking for.

What caugh
Mama Bibliosoph
What we love about this book:

-Common urban animal (firefly) as main character.
-The art is special and interesting, but not confusing.
-Carle's collage technique can be used to inspire collage-making (cutting and pasting).
-Lots of smart, deliberate repetition of key words, phrases, and story patterns help children track what's happening, motivating them to attend. I believe kids feel secure (safe even) and proud of themselves when they can anticipate the next line.
-Carle signals to children when t
Feb 15, 2010 Teeny rated it liked it

Summary: The Very Lonely Firefly is a story about a little firefly that was just born and is searching for other fireflies. The little firefly keeps seeing lights, but they end up not being other fireflies. Instead, they are flashlights, fireworks, candles, lanterns, and etc. At the end, the little firefly finally finds other fireflies and he is not lonely anymore. This is a story that children will enjoy and remember for years to come!

Author and Illustrator: Eric Carle

Audience: K-1st

Genre: Fict
Well, I've seen the back of this book before, but hadn't read it. So, I decided to read it. I like that there is a "story-arc" going on as the firefly searches for other fireflies. And as I like fireflies, the subject of the book got to me. And I always admire Carle's illustrations. But I'll admit that I'm not in love with most of his books. They're standards, yes. But not my favorites.

But who can not like blinking fireflies at the end?!

And in honor, here was the song we women sang in Sound of A
Danielle Bartelmay
This is a story about a lonely firefly that goes to search for more fireflies. He searches out different sources of light hoping he will find more friends. In the end, he finds a group of fireflies after encountering flashlights, dog’s eye, fireworks, etc. This book is a great way to introduce the science of light. It chronicles different sources of light including reflection in a dog and cat’s eyes. I think it would be great to introduce all types of different lights and to pair it with live de ...more
Karen Dransfield
Nov 16, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Another classic Eric Carle book. If you get the book new there is a battery operated back cover which flashes lights when you get to it. What was really interesting about this book was the dedication in the from cover by Eric Carle about it books and making a series of stories. I'm wanting to remember what he wrote since I haven't seen it written anywhere else so I'll copy it here. It would make for good points when using the books with kids.

Dear Friends,
Camille Ryckman
May 20, 2014 Camille Ryckman rated it it was amazing
Brief summary - A Firefly searches for other fireflies and happens upon other things that light up at night until he finds the fireflies.
Annotation A story that builds throughout on what different light sources might be used at night as the firefly ventures on. The pictures are spectacular and the final page where he find the fireflies all the tails light up.
Age appropriateness 0-4
Connection to six early literacy skills - I think this book hits all of these early literacy skills
Print Motivation
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok
I liked this book. It starts out with a lonely firefly. He kept seeing lights in the sky but every time he went to inspect it, it was something else. In the first it was a light bulb, then a candle, then a flashlight, then a lamp, then the eyes of a dog, a cat and an owl and even fireworks. Still couldn't find other fireflies like him. It ended with the firefly finally finding other fireflies. I know if the end the fireflies were supposed to light up when the book was opened to the last page but ...more
Laura Mincey
Feb 14, 2011 Laura Mincey rated it liked it
Eric Carle writes a tale about a firefly who is bound and determined to see the whole world for himself. However, there is a big problem--this firefly is lonely, and doesn't think it will be too great to tour the world alone. So, as the firefly is traveling, he stops and recruits friends on the way (different groups of animals). Once the firefly isn't so lonely anymore with his travel companions, he sets off on his journey to see the world. However, the animals begin to have second thoughts abou ...more
Anna Frame
Feb 23, 2015 Anna Frame rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction- I like this book a lot because the story is very cute and also presents something new to students. Some of the things in the book may be new to students. For example, some might not know what a firefly is. The story also keeps children guessing because it asks about different lights that could be seen outside at night and distinguishes them from a firefly. I loved this book as a kid and I think others will too!
Purposes- I would read this aloud to kindergarten students for seve
Madelyn Adams
I honestly, think this story would be good read a loud book for children in the classroom. I would personally use this book at the beginning of Kindergarten, because the language is simple. The book does include some larger vocabulary words, which would help stretch a Kindergartener’s vocabulary. For instance, “their eyes reflecting the lights” or “They were fireworks sparkling and glittering and shimmering in the night sky.” However, the plot of the book was very simple.

This book would be good
Angela Sunde
Feb 03, 2016 Angela Sunde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The last in Eric Carle's quartet of 'Very', The Very lonely Firefly is about belonging. "We all want to belong to a group, a family, our own fellow creatures." – Eric Carle.

This is a lovely book to read aloud to an individual child or group. Children are given the opportunity – through the visual narrative – to guess what each light is. 'But it was not another firefly. It was a...'

For Australian children, who will guess 'torch' instead of 'flashlight', I alter the reading to suit and explain the
Leah Puckett
Sep 18, 2012 Leah Puckett rated it liked it
Shelves: repetition
This book is full of repetition. This would be a good science lesson book. You could teach children the different light sources. There are similarities in this book; the firefly was trying to find another firefly but found different light sources instead. Emotions are another concept from the book, all the firefly wanted to do was try to find other firefly's to fly with.

Learning Experience:
In this learning experience the kids would be put in groups of two. I would bring in flash lights and turn
Mia Balsamo
Sep 06, 2012 Mia Balsamo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
PB16: I love Eric Carle picturebooks. I love how his illustrations are different than most other illustrators. I am not sure exactly what he does but the pictures appear to be collages, and they are rough pictures, the lines aren't always straight, faces tend to be boxy, but they work for this book. I also like the use of dark and light; the background is dark because of the night and you can always find the firefly because of his little light. The best part of this book, without question, is th ...more
Sarah (Books Before Bandaids)
Jun 25, 2016 Sarah (Books Before Bandaids) rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
My son learned the word firefly from The Very Lonely Firefly, written and illustrated by Eric Carle, because there were no fireflies where we used to live in Hawaii. Now he likes to hold the book open to the last page with its flashing lights and try to call the fireflies to him. Eric Carle’s signature collage illustrations are, as always, delightful. This is a story of belonging, where a lonely firefly searching for others and a sense of togetherness. As the firefly searches for other fireflies ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Bianca rated it really liked it
This book The Very Lonely Firefly is a great children's book. Its a about a firefly that was born as the sun sets and the firefly is alone. As the book goes on its the firefly trying to find other fireflies that sines like him. The firefly runs into different light sources like a lightbulb,candle,flashlight and many more things. I love the ending of this book because it actually shows the light from the fireflies.
This book has simple illustrations but they go along perfectly with the story. I w
Oct 10, 2010 krym rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
It's really scary to be lost or should I say, it is really difficult to be in a place or people whom you just can't fit in. In the long the run, your peace relies on your family. After all, they are the only ones who can accept you for who you are. Hahaha! I am putting too much symbolism on Eric Carl's book. It's just a story of a firefly looking for his light or co-fireflies :D Plus I love fireflies because they are magnificent at night. I would lie awake at night for hours just staring at them ...more
Ethelen V.
Mar 30, 2014 Ethelen V. rated it really liked it
Shelves: etl2368
Carle, E. (1995). The very lonely firefly. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

A firefly is looking for someone who looks like him. He sees an owl, a lantern, animals' eyes and even fireworks. All of these have bright lights but none match him. He is lonely and wants someone to share with. Just as he's about to give up, he finds what he's been looking for.

Like other Eric Carle books, this book is bright, colorful, and has surprises. It captures the eyes and the imagination. It is designed for infants
Rosaura Sanders
Apr 16, 2015 Rosaura Sanders rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This battery operated engineered book tells the story of a lonely firefly who runs into different sources of light (a candle, a flashlight, a lightbulb) as she searches for other fireflies. At the end of the story, the firefly finds a group of fireflies and the reader can push a button on the last page making all the fireflies light up. Great story to read in the dark with a flashlight. As a follow-up activity the teacher can read a nonfiction book about fireflies and have students create a post ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Amanda-rdg3320 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read to my block kindergarteners on the first day I started there. I was so nervous and the kids were not interested in the book at all, just who in the world I was. But it is a cute book and it had interactives in the back. Its about a firefly who is lonely and travels along looking for some companions. He finally finds a pack of fireflies and at the end of the book when he does find them, the book blinks were all the fireflies butts (?) are. It would be a great story ...more
Andd Becker
Aug 18, 2012 Andd Becker rated it it was amazing
This book in the quartet featuring respectively, a hungry caterpillar, a busy spider, and a q1uiet cricket, has its own unique contribution -- a light-up page at the end.
Prior to that, a young reader is kept busy wondering what each light is. Does the reader guess lightbulb? Candle? Flashlight? Eyes of dog, cat owl? A car's headlights? Fireworks?
A parent reading this book to a young child can use the opportunity to engage the child in questions/answers and wonderful parental/child dialogue.
Elizabeth Walker
Oct 30, 2014 Elizabeth Walker rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-261
This picture book has amazing pictures and the end even lights up, how fun is that?! The Very Lonely Firefly is about a firefly who is trying to find other fireflies, but instead continues to find other lights. Finally he finds his friends. This book would be great for kindergarten or first grade students because of the fun pictures and the light up ending. I only rated the book a three though because it can be somewhat repetitive because the same line is mentioned on every page. All in all it i ...more
Wooden Horse
I only order the board book version of Eric Carle's books. I think that the board book format is the best format for his books and are a better price point. Really they could be slightly larger as the text is really meant for a 3 to 5 year old. That age range is usually ready for a "regular picture book" format however the price point for those editions are astronomical in my opinion so I keep to the board book edition. This one features sparkling lights on the final spread and as an added bonus ...more
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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