Title: Good Night, Fireflies
Author: Janet L. Christensen
Illustrator: Francesca Pesci
Publisher: Little Lamb Books
“God is just like these fireflies. Even though we can’t see Him, God is always with us,” Landon’s dad explains to his son in Janet L. Christiensen’s children’s book, Good Night, Fireflies.
~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-four-page paperback targets five to nine-year-old children who like stories about not being scared or alone, especially when going to bed. Ideally for second and third graders, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Expressive and colorful illustrations are most pages. The ending includes the author and illustrator’s biographies. The New Living Translation of the Holy Bible is referenced.
In this short story, Landon hems and haws when it is bedtime as he does not like to be alone and is afraid of the dark. When the child thinks he sees spookies and creepies, his dad comes into his room and reminds the boy that God is always with him. The two go outside and watch the fireflies. When they catch one in a jar and the insect stops being bright, the daddy reiterates how the bug is like God – He is there, even when He cannot be seen. When the child goes back to bed, he realizes there are simply shadows in his bedroom and thanks God for always being there.
~ Why ~
Teaching young ones about the Lord being with us can calm the fears in both children and adults. I appreciate the correlation of God being like fireflies. The story does not make fun of the boy being afraid and the father is caring enough to offer an example of how God works. The drawings are easy for a young one to understand and follow.
~ Why Not ~
Children who do not know or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand how the Almighty is consistently there for us. Insecure children may relate to the child’s fear, which may or may not cause more stress. There are several two to four-syllable words that may be too complicated for beginner readers.
~ Wish ~
Some parents may be concerned that the boy kept having tummy somersaults, which were quickly dismissed but could be interpreted as an illness. This topic could be eliminated to avoid children mimicking being sick to avoid bedtime.
~ Want ~
If you are trying to help a fearful child go to bed calmly, this book that focuses on the fact of God always being there for us, no matter what, would be lovely bedtime read.
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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