When the Fireflies Come by Jonathan London

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This delicious depiction of the quintessential summer night opens with screen doors slamming, burgers sizzling on the grill, ice cream dripping, bare feet slapping on blacktop, and boys and girls playing baseball. Shadows lengthen, the first twinkling stars appear, and then . . . the fireflies come! The kids scramble to capture the blinking bugs in jars, only to set them free when it's time to go home. Crickets sing them to sleep, and still they play ball . . . in their dreams. Terry Widener's exuberant figures and cool summer-evening palette brilliantly evoke the joy and sensations in Jonathan London's lyrical text.

Illustrated by Terry Widener.

About Jonathan London

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Jonathan London is the author of many children's books, including another beautiful ode to summer, Sun Dance, Water Dance, illustrated by Greg Couch. Terry Widener has illustrated several picture books, including The Babe & I and Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, both by David A. Adler.
Published May 26, 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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In image-rich, sometimes impressionistic prose, the prolific London captures sights and sounds of summer afternoons, then celebrates a game of baseball played in the gloaming until called by darkness.

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In Sun Dance, Water Dance, London's poetry recreated an idyllic summer day.

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