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Firenze's Light

Written by Jessica Collaço & illustrated by Angela Li
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What's Firenze's Light About

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Follow Firenze, a feisty firefly, as she discovers the power of her light in this fun and encouraging story of friendship and self-appreciation.

Firenze’s friends love her light, but Firenze doesn’t think it’s so great. How can she when it’s nearly impossible to play a good game of hide-and-seek?!! When Firenze’s light and a new friend’s artwork unexpectedly combine, she must decide whether she will keep her light hidden or find the courage to let it shine.

“Firenze’s Light” is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sets itself apart by leaving out the bullying and shame found in more traditional children’s books. Readers will find encouraging, kind characters inspiring self-appreciation, gratitude, kindness and compassion.

While Firenze twirled on the stage, she realized how powerful her light was. It was creating magical art, joy for her friends, and happiness in her heart. Suddenly, Firenze felt very grateful she was a firefly.

Ideal for children ages 3-8, this is the first in a series of books that reflect gentle parenting and nurture universal values that inspire and empower kids. “Firenze’s Light” is a thoughtful gift for baptisms, baby showers, dance recitals and birthdays. Perfect for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

What Kind of Book is Firenze's Light

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0

The illustrations on this one are my favorite part and they’re gorgeous with a little spunk. The story about letting your unique light shine is really very cute, but it spells it out a little too plainly and literally for my taste.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.0 / 7.0

I think this is a great book with wonderful messages—friends that like you for who you are, using special talents you’ve been giving, loving yourself, and feeling grateful for your unique qualities. Cute story and really cute illustrations, but the messages in the book are very obvious.

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Who Wrote Firenze's Light

Jessica Collaço

Jessica Collaço grew up chasing fireflies in Indiana. For many years, she shared her storytelling talents on the stage in plays and musicals. When she became a mother, she decided to shine her light in a new way—-writing books that encourage optimism, compassion, love and kindness. Jessica lives with her family in Los Angeles, California and is preparing to publish her next book. (Bio via

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Who Illustrated Firenze's Light

Angela Li

Angela Li studied Illustration at Art Center College of Design and since then has been working at a number of studios, including Disney Imagineering. She loves bringing stories to life through her artwork and when she’s not working she spends her free time doodling or hanging out with her awesome cat! She lives in Los Angeles, California. (Bio via

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Publication Date:
July 31, 2014

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