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The Night the Stars Flew

by (author) Jo Ellen Bogart

illustrated by Ginette Beaulieu

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2001
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
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From her bedroom on the third floor, Millie can see lots of things in her favourite tree: branches swaying in the wind, squirrels searching for pinecones, tiny black-eyed birds. One warm summer night Millie sees something she's never seen before: a strange spot of pale bluish light. Millie tells her busy parents, who say it must be a star and send her back to bed. Millie knows it can't be a star. She shines her flashlight on it and discovers a bug! Millie is determined that her parents share in the wonder of the fireflies. They resist at first, but soon the magic of the night and the sparkling lights entice them down to the lake where memories of childhood fill their heads, and love for their daughter fills their hearts.

About the authors

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Ontario AKA Children's Author Central. She really enjoys running into writers and artists at the grocery store.
Jo Ellen has always been an animal lover and pet keeper, but her current pet list is down to two dogs, two frogs, and a ton of fish, most of which vacation in the backyard pond and winter in the Bogart basement, supervising the laundry.
Part of the fun Jo Ellen has in writing books for children is venturing into many different kinds of writing, from poetry and picture books to biography, non-fiction, and early readers. She has also written lots of song lyrics for kids, and is trying her hand at painting. Jo Ellen really likes to take digital pictures and play around with them on the computer.
Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say. Her own two kids are grown but she has a new baby grandson and is amassing stacks of books for the future reader.


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  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice

Editorial Reviews

“A great bedtime story?Recommended.? (CM Magazine)

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