There are books that everyone has heard of and read with their child likeGoodnight Moon. And then there are those hidden gems - sometimes a diamond in the rough. Books that you might never find. But I am so thankful when the authors find me. "A Midsummer's Dance" by Bill Kirk is one of those books.
The illustrations by Clara Barron Smith were a big improvement from his other books, and the dancing fireflies were just magical. The rhyme and peaceful cadence of this book make it great for bedtime, and I enjoyed the new words my kids got to learn reading it such as "translucent" and "frenzied."
Book for Children Ages: 2 years old to 7 years old
- Have you ever seen firefly's? What do they look like?
- How are night sounds and a symphony alike?
- What kind of things do you like to dream about?
Activities for Kids:
- Make your own firefly. Cut a water bottle in half. Glue on yellow tissue paper over the whole thing. Cut out a head and wings from craft foam and glue on to the bottle on the open cut end. Pace an electric tealight candleinto the bottle to make it glow.
- If you live in a rural area, lay very still at night and listen to all the sounds you can hear. How many can you pick out? Otherwise, get a CD of nature sounds to listen to together.
- Talk with your child about how dance is often used to represent things - like fireflys flying. Together make up a dance about fireflys.
Cultural Diversity: Most of the book is just silhouettes, the final image is of a little red head girl falling asleep.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars*