Of all the picture books I have read over the last few years this one is my favorite. The writing is lyrical, the illustrations are phenomenal and the...moreOf all the picture books I have read over the last few years this one is my favorite. The writing is lyrical, the illustrations are phenomenal and the story itself is heart warming. It transports you into the life of this wonderful young girl who looks at the world with innocence and wonder as she watches the fireflies and adventures outside with her father. Unlike many novels for younger children it doesn't focus on what she wants, what she is being told to do or other common themes in picture books. Instead it gives you a bigger picture, it makes you feel like you are out in that wonderful firefly night with her and exploring as you very carefully capture fireflies, only to let them go again because they belong to the night and another firefly night will come.
The illustrations by Betsy Snyder really bring the story Dianne Ochiltree wrote to life. It was reminiscent of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to me but with more whimsy and finesse. Each image had just the right focus with unique perspectives such as seeing more from the firefly's point of view than the girl's. The style is relatable for a child - the kind of illustrations I could imagine having copied onto a wall of a child's room. This wonderful young girl happily adventuring with the smiling pup running ahead and beautiful touches in the background from bird houses to flowers.
Simply magical! Anyone looking for a last minute Christmas gift should pick up this treasure. It is a real treat. Amazing 5 star picture book I would pick up for any child. If you get this book you are getting more than a picture book, you are getting an experience and a wonderful but subtle lesson for a all ages. (less)
Finished because I had to know, but not my cup of tea. Very well done though and still something I might suggest to others depending on their reading...moreFinished because I had to know, but not my cup of tea. Very well done though and still something I might suggest to others depending on their reading preferences. (less)
First off, I am thrilled to hear there will be a sequel because MORE PLEASE!
I decided to read Prisoner of Night and Fog because the concept was so st...moreFirst off, I am thrilled to hear there will be a sequel because MORE PLEASE!
I decided to read Prisoner of Night and Fog because the concept was so striking. This book blew away my expectations. I didn’t expect to get so attached to the characters but they were each so real and tangible. Gretchen is a girl who was being manipulated by the man that many would consider the most charismatic speaker in history and one of the most dangerous. Many times literature will leave out his charisma and ability to manipulate and simply let his character rely on commonly taught history. They will make him out as the obvious bad guy and this book doesn’t let itself fall into that category.
It shows just how easy it was to fall for his propaganda if you truly didn’t know better or were desperate enough. You see many novels from the perspective of victims but less from the perspectives of the German Aryans. Gretchen went on a journey as she started to realize that what she had been taught to believe and what her heart was telling her weren’t always the same but this novel didn’t take the easy road and give her an impenetrable moral compass as most would, it really showed that it was a journey of growth and understanding. That sometimes it is harder to accept the truth than it is a lie.
I have read a number of truly amazing books this year but I have a feeling that out of all of them this will be the one I remember on down the road most clearly. It is a journey of discovery that is blunt, honest and memorable. (less)