Firefly Mountain

by Patricia Thomas
Illustrated by Peter Sylvada
A family experiences the magic of fireflies in this story of anticipation.
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561453603
  • Publication date: 03/01/2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 11" x 8-1/2"
  • Age Range: 6-10


A family experiences the magic of fireflies in this story of anticipation.

A young girl recalls a remarkable moment—how she waited patiently through a long, hot afternoon for night to fall so she and her family could make a journey to the top of a hill to see an amazing sight: a multitude of blinking, winking, twinkling fireflies lighting up a nearby mountain.

Readers will be able to hear the whistles of the bobwhites and smell the sweet clover hay in Thomas’s richly detailed and lyrical prose. Illustrator Peter Sylvada’s stunning illustrations beautifully capture the wondrous tone of the story and the expectant child’s sense of awe as she looks at the fireflies dancing among the stars on top of Firefly Mountain.


Patricia Thomas


Patricia Thomas was the author of several picture books, including Firefly Mountain; “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, "I’m Going to Sneeze!"; “There are Rocks in My Socks,” Said the Ox to the Fox; and The One-and-Only, Super-Duper, Golly-Whopper, Jim-Dandy, Really Handy Clock Tock Stopper. She taught writing for children at Marywood University and at the Institute for Children’s Literature. Thomas passed away in 2021.

Peter Sylvada


Peter Sylvada has illustrated several books, including Firefly Mountain; A Symphony of Whales (which was named a 1999 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book, a NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children); Gleam and Glow (an IRA Notable Books for a Global Society) and Welcome, Brown Bird. He lives in California.


“Beautifully captures the essence of a summer day and a very special night…full of the images of summer, images that will have readers experiencing and sensing the places described in the story.” ―Through the Looking Glass


Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Winner, Pre-K – 3) ―The Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College, 2008

Illustration Annual ―Communication Arts, 2007

More Details

AR Level: 3.7
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre RF
Themes: Creative Writing, Insects, Summer

Books By Patricia Thomas