How to Survive as a Firefly
Listen up, larvae! I've been in the trenches for the last year and a half, and let me tell you, there is danger lurking behind every tree and headlight. With my expertise, you'll learn how to hunt your first meal (snail soup anyone?), what makes your abdomen glow (put down the fire extinguisher!), and how to react when your mate wants to eat you for dinner (who knew fireflies could be cannibals?). Buck up, buttercup - you're in for the flight of your life! If you know what's good for you, you'll stop goofing around and pay attention to How to Survive as a Firefly, or you might never make it to adulthood! How to Survive as a Firefly provides a unique take on insect science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story - and after, a glossary of important terms and some real firefly photos. If you've ever wondered how these fascinating beetles grow and glow -- and you like to laugh while you learn -- this book is for you!

How to Survive as a Firefly Details

TitleHow to Survive as a Firefly
Author
ReleaseAug 29th, 2017
PublisherThe Innovation Press
ISBN-139781943147328
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Science

How to Survive as a Firefly Review

  • Erin Buhr
    January 1, 1970
    HOW TO SURVIVE AS A FIREFLY is a humorous and informative book about fireflies. In essence, it is the story of an adult firefly lecturing larvae on what to expect. I honestly had no clue about the life cycle of a firefly before diving into this book and came away with an abundance of new knowledge. For instance, did you know that the light fireflies give off shines from their abdomen not their tail or bottom? In that area I give this book 5 Stars. My kids were also interested in the information HOW TO SURVIVE AS A FIREFLY is a humorous and informative book about fireflies. In essence, it is the story of an adult firefly lecturing larvae on what to expect. I honestly had no clue about the life cycle of a firefly before diving into this book and came away with an abundance of new knowledge. For instance, did you know that the light fireflies give off shines from their abdomen not their tail or bottom? In that area I give this book 5 Stars. My kids were also interested in the information and new words like "bio-luminescence." Unfortunately, some of this awesome information gets lost on the pages that are more packed. The book has some very readable layouts and then others that are densely packed with extra facts and multiple speech bubbles. These are overwhelming both to the person reading aloud and to the young audience. This seems to get worse as you get to the end like suddenly they left like they were running out of room. At this point, the firefly who is nearing the end of his life is trying to get out the rest of his wisdom, which may be reflected in this crowded pacing, but I wish it had been conveyed differently if this was the intent.To be clear, it is well written and humorously illustrated. If your child loves bugs or your class is learning about metamorphosis this is a good book to have on hand. My kids loved going back through it and reading the facts. The gooey pictures of real larvae at the back were also a particular hit. I just wish it was a little easier to share with a group aloud. **Note: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**
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  • Gary Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    How to Survive as a Firefly explains the brief, dynamic life of a firefly, and how its metamorphosis differs from other life cycles. The energetic narrative voice effectively conveys what author Kristen Foote wants readers to understand about the firefly—it lives fast, changes quickly, and doesn’t have time to relax. (This contrasts with how I experience fireflies as they seem to quietly twinkle off and on during lazy summer evenings!) The illustrations are comical, but the appearance of the nar How to Survive as a Firefly explains the brief, dynamic life of a firefly, and how its metamorphosis differs from other life cycles. The energetic narrative voice effectively conveys what author Kristen Foote wants readers to understand about the firefly—it lives fast, changes quickly, and doesn’t have time to relax. (This contrasts with how I experience fireflies as they seem to quietly twinkle off and on during lazy summer evenings!) The illustrations are comical, but the appearance of the narrator becomes a little repetitive. The animated tone of the narrative text carries through to the back matter, which may lead young readers to engage with those pages rather than skipping them.
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    (Review of digital preview copy from EdelweissPlus) This colorful book will definitely go onto my "want to buy" list when I make my library selections in the area of life science, specifically life cycles and complete metamorphosis which is a Texas 5th grade Science TEK. Science teachers and students will love the engaging illustrations and the unique way of presenting a myriad of science terms and concepts while also making the reader chuckle. The extra sidebars and factoids are great informati (Review of digital preview copy from EdelweissPlus) This colorful book will definitely go onto my "want to buy" list when I make my library selections in the area of life science, specifically life cycles and complete metamorphosis which is a Texas 5th grade Science TEK. Science teachers and students will love the engaging illustrations and the unique way of presenting a myriad of science terms and concepts while also making the reader chuckle. The extra sidebars and factoids are great information and presented in a way that will encourage even the most reluctant reader to notice, read, and learn from them. Foote and Salcedo do a great job with this one.
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  • Sara Vaughn
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cute book for teaching kids about fireflies! I loved how it gives a lot of information in a fun story format! It's told from the perspective of the fireflies. We need more books like this one. Great for teaching science!
  • Jj
    January 1, 1970
    Funny, interesting, and informative. I think kids will love this one. This is definitely a great "sneaky science" read and I would suggest it as a way to slip in some STEAM reads under the radar in or outside the classroom.
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and engaging illustrations of firefly larvae carry this book as a drill sergeant adult firefly teaches the larvae about the firefly life cycle.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    This is a silly, fun, cute story filled with facts about fireflies!
  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Good book for young kids to read to learn about fireflies (or lightning bugs, depending on where you live!). illustrations are comical and the info contained in the book is spot on.
  • Danette
    January 1, 1970
    5/8/18 Read with Naomi & Julia.
  • Darshana Khiani
    January 1, 1970
    loved this book!a little information heavy in one or two places but great otherwise.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Great science book for young kids who will respond to learning through Kristen Foote's humor. Fun side facts about fireflies and a glossary.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious non fiction all about fireflies. Clever use of a drill sergeant to teach the reader (and pupae) the firefly facts of life.
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