One of the poems in it is appropriate for this time of year, since, depending upon where you are, fireflies are beginning to show themselves. They're not here yet in New Hampshire, but will be soon.
All About Fireflies All AboutI can't wait to see fireflies--they always make summer nights seem magical. A friend of mine, Pat Thomas, has written a picture book about this magic, Firefly Mountain (illustrations by Peter Sylvada) [JP THO]. If you haven't come across it, rush right down to the library to get it!
The stars are all so far away
For creature-kind that hide by day--
For moth and mouse and toad and such--
The starlight doesn't count for much.
And that is why a field at night
In May or June is plaintive, bright
With little lanterns sailing by,
Like stars across a mimic sky,
Just high enough--but not too high.
Pat writes wonderfully poetic text. Here's the opening:
The whole long, yellow afternoonLovely!
the sun boiled down so hot
the heat squiggled up in waves from the meadow.
The sweet-dry smell of clover hay floated
over to where the oaks
dropped fat, round shadows.
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