Last night, we took advantage of the pleasant temperatures, and headed into the backyard with a Mason jar. I dislike so much about our sticky midwestern summers, but there is one thing I love about summer in Kansas:
It's firefly season.
The air was thick with dancing fireflies, and the girls kept catching them to put in their jar, where they would refuse to glow.
Mr. B caught the beauty you see above.
I like this picture I managed to catch of a firefly on our front window. Look at the glow, reflected in the glass.
I know that fireflies - or lightning bugs, as my Okie mother calls them - are not a part of everyone's summers. If you can't see fireflies in person, how about meeting some in books?
Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe. Aladdin, 1986.
A beautifully illustrated story about a boy who catches fireflies in a jar, then must make a choice when it becomes clear their light is fading.
Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman. Random House / Beginner Books, 1958.
A classic about an owl who finds a playmate in a firefly named Gus. Together they write words in the air, but Gus has a mischievous streak, which causes problems between the duo.
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. Philomel, 1995.
The simple story of a firefly looking for company on a summer night. The small board book, with its light-up last page, was a favorite of my both my daughters when they were very small.
It's a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated Betsy Snyder. Blue Apple Books, 2013.
Another lovely choice for small children. A little girl catches fireflies in a jar to show her daddy. Then she reminds us, "I love catching fireflies, but they are not mine." She releases the insects, and watches them fly. There are also fun facts about fireflies at the end of the book.
EDIT: Here's an awesome video about fireflies from Science Friday. Did you know there are over 2,000 species of fireflies worldwide?
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