Dear FTC (wo)Man: I received this book to review, as always, that does not affect my opinion, as you can tell from my excitement in describing it. There also are Amazon affiliate links in the post. Thank you. Carry on.
My kids and I just received Fireflies and Shooting Stars to review in the mail yesterday. I haven’t finished it yet, but I wanted to share it with you because it is such a neat book, the concept behind it is amazing, and the artwork is absolutely gorgeous!
Fireflies and Shooting Stars is a delightful and inspirational tale filled with beautiful art and songs about Enzo, a little firefly who was born without a taillight. As Enzo faces the challenges of growing up different, the story tells of his self-determined, fantastic journey and adventures to find his light—a magical ride of hope, understanding, and discovering the importance of accepting the differences in others as well as ourselves.
There is more to the book than that description tells you. This book was inspired by a handicapped accessible park.
“…there’s a light that shines in everyone. It may be different that’s ok. Youve gotta know just who you are and what you’re good at so you can shine in your own way.”
Enzo is a little firefly whose tail doesn’t light up. Every where he goes people question him about why he is different from everyone else. Enzo has his own light that shines from inside. I personally think that is a huge lesson for all of us. We all have something that makes us feel different, whether that difference be visible on the outside or something internally – in my oldest son’s case (and possibly in my 4 year old’s case since our doctor told me the other day to get him started with my other son’s team of therapists and psychiatrist for behavior management) it is ADHD, anxiey, and ODD.
It’s tough to be a kid and have people look at you funny because you have a visible handicap or a visible behavioral disorder. Adults? They make rude/snide comments under their breath, I’ve heard them. They try to stop their children from staring, telling them it’s rude, while they themselves can’t help but stare out of the corner of their eye. Children? Kids are awesome.
They have no problem asking their questions. That’s easier. Asking the question gives someone the chance to explain their differences, to teach, and for the other person to learn. Even though my son’s things are invisible, I have had other kids when he was younger ask me why he was doing what he was doing. That was so much easier to deal with than an adult saying under their breath, you need to get that child into counseling. (Cuz I hadn’t already done that.)
One thing I have always focused on with my children is what they excel at. I have never focused on the labels with them. Jordan is so sensitive to what other people are feeling and is so very intelligent. We noticed that when he was destroying things (yes, he destroyed a lot of things, thankfully, now he can put them back together), he was trying to figure out how they worked, how they were put together. He wasn’t destroying just to be destroying, he was trying to understand them. I have always wanted and encouraged my kids, all of them, to find what they excel at, find their light and let that shine.
See, I brought it back around to the book.
Back to the park. I’m going to let you read yourself about this wonderful park in Matamorus, PA. It is called Firefly Field and is …
a playground where all kids can play, share and learn in a joyful environment regardless of a child’s abilities or disabilities. By having children interact with others from all walks of life, this wonderful park would provide an early opportunity for children to learn the skills of inclusion, self-determination and, most importantly, respect for others throughout life.
Can you see why this park and this book are so so amazing?
That’s why I wanted to share about it before I even finished reading it.
My kids and I have decided this is the perfect bedtime book. We are reading a chapter a night and listening to the corresponding song on the CD. They are loving it. The artwork in this book is GORGEOUS. Absolutely gorgeous.
My favorite book when I was a child being read to was The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I loved it not for the actual story but for the artwork in the book.
I am hoping this book will live on for my children like that one did for me, not just for the amazing illustrations but for the beautiful (and important) story behind it.
When we are done with the book, I will post a full review, I just wanted to get this up and running because so far, it is amazing.