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Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
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Feb 08, 10

Read in February, 2010

Publisher's Summary: A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.
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When I think of "oldie but goodie" this is one of the ones that come to mind. Of course, it could be that I have real connections to the topic. I remember fondly catching fireflies at my grandparent's farm in Tennessee and placing them gently into mason jars. My own sons are continuing the tradition when we visit my father outside of Washington D.C. each summer for the Fourth of July. It is amazing to me the simple pleasures that will surely bring fond memories for them as they grow older.
Though simply told and illustrated, the simplicity lends an elegance to the plot that is often never seen in today's flashy illustrations. "If you love something, set it free" comes to mind at the end of the story. I can't wait to see how my readers react to this one.
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