By Mary R. Dunn
Pebble Plus, Capstone, 2012
Nocturnal Animals Series
“At night, fireflies rise from bushes and grass. These nocturnal beetles blink their lights in the darkness.”
Warm summer nights lit by fireflies in the deepening dusk is a favorite childhood memory. Even now, I stop to marvel at the blinking lights of these fascinating beetles. What a wonderful way to introduce young readers to nonfiction!
Fireflies explains the life habits and life cycle of these blinking insects in a controlled vocabulary. It introduces terms relating to fireflies as a nocturnal insect but does so in the context so early readers can understand the meaning.
Large, close-up photos provide a good look at these insects, and the one of a female laying eggs is particularly interesting. The back matter includes a glossary, read more section, internet sites, and an index. The front cover is appealing with a lit firefly on it and makes the book appealing as a nonfiction choice. The book covers aspects of the Core Curriculum for informational texts with its map and close-up images and good back matter.
This book covers a terrific topic for beginning readers and is a great introduction to nonfiction reading. The timely approach to summer and these lovely reminders of summer evenings makes it a perfect seasonal book.
Use the information in the book to draw and label the life cycle of a firefly. Add to the diagram by showing the food eaten at various stages of development. Don’t forget to show the bioluminescence!
The Texas A&M site has firefly information.
Here is a good example of a larva.
This site gives a brief description of the firefly life cycle.
This site has good background about fireflies.
National Science Standards: structure and function; growth and development of organisms
Book provided by Capstone