Firefly Hollow

4 CDs. 4:45 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. $46.75. ISBN 97801490651101. digital download.
Gr 3–7—The inhabitants of Firefly Hollow take comfort in their structured, peaceful community until two residents dare to dream big. Firefly flits to and fro, but she wants to fly to the moon. Cricket enjoys watching little giants (boys) play baseball and dreams of joining the ranks of his hero, Yogi Berra. Vole, a river vole, dreams of sailing the open seas. Cricket and Firefly's outlandish ideas are ill received by their peers. Only a little giant believes in their abilities. However, Peter's sadness over the recent loss of his best friend causes concern from his parents over his new imaginary friends and social withdrawal. During the summer, this eclectic group spark the courage inside one another and discover that big dreams can lead to big adventures. This sweet tale, woven with threads of perseverance and hope, subtly explores the strength and healing power of friendship. Jessica Almasy's lyrical narration is perfect.
VERDICT A great choice for fans of The Cricket in Times Square and Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick, 2003). [A "charming tale of unlikely inter-species friendship": SLJ 6/15 starred review of the S. & S. Atheneum book.]

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