FIREFLIES by Alice Hoffman

FIREFLIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As in Hoffman's novels for adults (Here on Earth, p. 824, etc.), this picture book takes place where the ordinary and the extraordinary intersect--a pseudo-fairytale in which the town bumpkin makes good. The fireflies return annually, bringing spring with them, but this year, they don't show up; winter lingers and no one knows why. In the meantime, Jackie Healy falls, breaks things, trips, and believes that his parents would prefer ""the sort of boy who could skate in a perfect circle and climb trees without falling and pitch a ball without breaking windows."" In shame, he leaves his village, becoming lost in the Yellow Mountains. His clumsiness results in unwitting, but effective, acts of heroism, for he releases the fireflies and brings back spring. McLoughlin illuminates the pages with sparkling stars, blinking fireflies, and glowing globes of lantern light against blue, snowy nights and black sky borders, printed on glossy stock. The message isn't very subtle, the telling is long and windy, but there are those who will find comfort in these pages.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion