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Fireflies at Midnight

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A robin cheerfully greets the day at dawn.
A horse nibbles grass under the heat of the midday sun.
A rabbit stands still, disappearing into the grass at dusk.
As evening falls, a frog tells the world that he's the king of the pond.
During one summer day, these and other creatures tell their tales, celebrating their ordinary -- but extraordinary -- lives in verse. Young re
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Mary Feeney
Dec 07, 2016 Mary Feeney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer is a book of poems about animals and insects. It uses a unique craft of using the voices of the animal within the verses, such as, "Wait, I can wait For the fullness of wings For the lift For the flight" when describing the butterfly. It takes the point of view of the creature and describes how he/she might see the world. All the illustrations are done in a creative way as a close up view within their own habitat.

I would highly recommend Fireflies at Midni
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Landon Rotolo-Utz
Feb 22, 2015 Landon Rotolo-Utz rated it it was amazing
Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer is a wonderful book when discussing children's poetry. The poems, which are written to capture the behaviors or likeness of a particular animal, are successful due to the use of different tones and elements of poetry. Singer for example in otter Singer uses short lines and rhymes to create a sense of playfulness representing the manner of young otters as they play in the water and sunshine. I particularly enjoyed how she connected the poems of otter and c ...more
Christian Wallace
Feb 25, 2015 Christian Wallace rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Personal reaction- This poetry book is composed of numerous poems about different animals and insects that are represented at different times of the day. What I like most about this poetry book is the way that every poem has an illustration that it is representing in creative detail. Some of my favorites are the poem about the bat, the firefly, and the red fox, because they have a dark and mysterious, yet calming tone to them.

Purposes- I would use this book in a read aloud for children in kinde
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Teeny
Jan 25, 2010 Teeny rated it it was ok
Summary: In Fireflies at Midnight, a summer day unfolds through the voices of a variety of animals. From animals such as a horse, mole, otter, and robin, their tales are told of their extraordinary lives in verse. Through this collection of poetry, one becomes more familiar with the world around them. A world that contains different creatures who all view the world in a different way.

Written by: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Keri Robbins

Audience: K-2nd

Genre: American poetry and juvenile poetry

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Kimberly
Feb 23, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Personal Response: I love how each poem in this book is written about a particular animal and what time of day they are usually associated with. It is upbeat and has really awesome realistic pictures.

Purposes: These short poems would be great to read aloud to students of any age. Students in 2nd grade or above could also read a poem about their favorite animal aloud to the class. It is a great poetry book that could be incorporated into a science unit on animals. Each poem is shaped a bit diffe
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Joanna Price
ages 6-12. This book of poetry features a different animal on each page with a poem describing the daily activities of that animal. The poetry itself involves repetition and remains true to the real life animal behaviors. This often means that the terms are a little advanced and that the invoked images can lack imagination. The title "Fireflies at Midnight" gives the reader the impression that the poems will try to connect the theme of animal behavior to something thematically larger, but it ...more
Janet Squires
Singer treats her young audience to a lively collection of verses that carry the reader from dawn to midnight on a summer's day. Cheerful robins greet the morning, horses laze in the sun, rabbits disappear at dusk, frogs boast in the evening and fireflies share their brilliance at midnight. Singer collects a diverse group of creatures and each poem effectively capture the voice of the varied animals as she does in these opening lines for "Otter."

"It starts with the slide with the mud with the ri
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Jackie
Jun 17, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
From Dawn to Dusk and back again, Fireflies At Midnight highlights creatures that make up the landscape during specific times of day. Beautiful illustrations accompany the text.

Used for "You Light Up My Night, Firefly" Storytime: June, 2011.
Bree
Aug 30, 2013 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-poetry
Notes:
nature poems full of alliteration
art looks like retouched photos -- pretty
used for age 4-7
Naomi
Apr 05, 2015 Naomi rated it it was ok
This book was 32 pages of boring poems of animals at various times of the day. That's all! Oh, the illustrations made the book.
Matthew
Aug 06, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book of animal poetry, much of it freeform. Poetry books aren't typically my thing but I had fun reading this one. I love the illustrations with their photographic undertone.
Jen
Jun 20, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
A variety of creatures tell what their day is like in these verse pieces. This would be a nice addition to an elementary Science class.
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Shelves: verse, picture-book
Poems in the voices of animals. No supplemental text at the back though.
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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

In 1974, after teaching English in New York City hig
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