Why Don't I Glow?
by Wilma D.R. Quaglia
“Why Don't I Glow?” begins with a firefly who is unable to glow like the rest of the fireflies. He asks his mom, why don’t I glow? And she tells him that he still needs time to grow and that next year he will glow. When next summer comes, he still isn’t glowing. The other fireflies can play hide and seek. They appear and disappear. He doesn’t like being the only one no one can see. His mom tries to reassure him that everyone is different. When everyone is sleeping, he goes to the park to see if he can glow. He overhears a little girl crying. He yells to get the other fireflies to glow to guide the little girl back home. His mother then teaches him the best lesson - “it's who you are on the inside, that really matters, you know. You don’t need light on the outside, in order to glow.” "Why Don’t I Glow?" is about accepting oneself and learning that it is okay to be different. It is okay because what really matters is who we are on the inside and how we treat others, not how we appear on the outside. The book is beautifully illustrated and is a nice easy read that makes for the perfect bedtime story. I love really well written rhyming books like this one. There’s even some fun firefly facts at the end of the book.
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