Parents' Guide to

Firefly Hollow

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet, poignant tale of loss, friendship, following dreams.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Heartwarming wholesome story

My 8 yr old son and I read this book together. The characters and storyline were immediately engaging and fun. The idea of a firefly who dreamed of flying to the moon and a cricket who wanted to play baseball drew us both in. These feisty insects didn't disappoint as the pursued their dreams with enthusiasm and perseverance (despite the discouragement of peers and elders). As they encouraged and supported each other in these seemingly impossible pursuits, they developed a lasting friendship with each other and 2 other kindred spirits; a young boy and a river vole. The story shared difficulties everyone faces in life; such as saying good bye to long time friends, losing a loved one, or even everyday examples of friends who don't understand, or are unkind. The story also showed examples of true friendship in the interactions of Firefly, Cricket, Vole, and Peter, and demonstrated what it means to persevere, even while facing fear, loneliness, or sadness. Both my son and I loved this book!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Sweet and relatable, this charming tale of independent-minded youngsters following their dreams and coping with loss may be too emotionally intense for some readers. Author Alison McGhee puts a lot of affection into her characters, and illustrator Christopher Denise brings them charmingly (and colorfully) to life.

The story's a natural for kids whose dreams and interests aren't popular or stereotypical. And there's a lot of gentle wisdom and courage along the way.

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