Where Fireflies Dance / Ahi, donde bailan las luciérnagas
By Lucha Corpi
Illustrated by Mira Reisberg
In her first book for children, award-winning author Lucha Corpi remembers her childhood growing up in Jáltipan, Mexico, where the moon hung low and the fireflies flickered in the night air.
In vivid and poetic detail, she recalls exploring with her brother the old haunted house of the legendary revolutionary Juan Sebastián, discovering the music that came from the jukebox at the local cantina, and getting caught by their mother for their mischievous adventures.
Most of all, she remembers the ballads her father sang and the stories her grandmother told. In her stories, her grandmother passes on an important message about growing up—each person, like the revolutionary Juan Sebastián, has a destiny to follow.
About the Creators
is an award-winning poet and novelist. Born and raised in Mexico, she has published two highly regarded collections of poetry and a detective series, including Eulogy for a Brown Angel, winner of the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. Lucha lives and teaches in Oakland, California.
was born in Australia. A painter, graphic designer, and the illustrator of several books for children, Mira has also taught art to both children and adults. She holds a Master’s in Fine Art and a PhD in Education with an emphasis on Cultural Studies and Art Education. She currently teaches in the Art Education program of Northern Illinois University, outside of Chicago.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades K - 2
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Music, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Imagination, Home, Grandparents, Friendship, Fathers, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual
Part of These Collections
Fluent Bilingual, Bilingual Spanish/English Guided Reading Level N, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Mexico Culture Collection, Sibling Collection Grades K-5, Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection