In Frost and Lieder’s third exploration of tiny creatures taken for granted in the natural world (Sweep Up the Sun, 2015, etc.), they top themselves, lyrically centering on a firefly’s search for a mate. Again, Frost’s spare poem weds seamlessly with Lieder’s transfixing photography…Another thrilling collaboration, showing children of all ages that even Earth’s littlest creatures long for connection.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This simple, delightful story of two fireflies finding each other among thousands is sure to enchant children…Written in verse, the text is lyrical yet simple enough for even the youngest readers to enjoy and short enough to be shared aloud in a group setting. The photographs are breathtaking, with close-ups of fireflies flashing in the night, and complement the dreamlike tone. Panoramic shots of a forest filled with flashes provide different perspectives. Educators hoping to tie this book to science curricula will appreciate the note at the end, which offers a scientific explanation of how a firefly’s flashes function in the wild. This enthralling look at fireflies will be enjoyed by all who read it.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The blend of science, gentle poetry, and spectacular photography will make children long for a warm summer night perfect for firefly gazing.
—The Horn Book
The straightforward, pleasant lines, coupled with Lieder’s stunning, close-up, twilight photography, make an engaging and beautiful introduction to the world of fireflies. Although intended for a younger audience, the factual information at the close of the duo’s impressive presentation encourages broader reader appeal.