A young girl recalls a remarkable moment—how she waited patiently through a long, hot afternoon for night to fall so she and her family could make a journey to the top of a hill to see an amazing sight: a multitude of blinking, winking, twinkling fireflies lighting up a nearby mountain.
Readers will be able to hear the whistles of the bobwhites and smell the sweet clover hay in Thomas’s richly detailed prose. Illustrator Peter Sylvada’s stunning illustrations beautifully capture the wondrous tone of the story and the expectant child’s sense of awe as she looks at the fireflies dancing among the stars on top of Firefly Mountain.
Total Pages: 32
Size: 11 x 8 1/4
AR Quiz#: 114537
AR Reading Level: 3.7
AR Points: 0.5
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: P
F&P Grade: 3
Illustration Annual ―Communication Arts 2007
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (winner, Pre-K – 3) ―The Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College 2008
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Meet the Author
Patricia Thomas is the author of several picture books, including Firefly Mountain; “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”; “There are Rocks in My Socks,” Said the Ox to the Fox; and The One-and-Only, Super-Duper, Golly-Whopper, Jim-Dandy, Really Handy Clock Tock Stopper. She teaches writing for children at Marywood University and at the Institute for Children’s Literature. Thomas lives in Pennsylvania.
Meet the Illustrator
Peter Sylvada has illustrated several books, including Firefly Mountain; A Symphony of Whales (which was named a 1999 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book, a NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children); Gleam and Glow (an IRA Notable Books for a Global Society) and Welcome, Brown Bird. He lives in California.