Firefly Chronicle series / by Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins; illustrated by Daniel Fernandez. 4.13.2016

The Knight and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Bravery / by Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins; illustrated by Daniel Fernandez. (Firefly Chronicle series)

B&H Publishing Group ISBN 9781433681196

The Pirate and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Wisdom / by Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins; illustrated by Daniel Fernandez. (Firefly Chronicle series)

B&H Publishing Group ISBN 9781433681202

PRI PS-Grade 3 Rating: 4

The Knight and the Firefly and The Pirate and the Firefly compose the Firefly Chronicle series, adventure tales that incorporate Scripture into everyday lessons for children. The stories revolve around Oliver and his wise firefly friend, Phineas. The earnest and imaginative Ollie faces his everyday fears and problems with reassurances from his mother and Phineas that God is always loving and present.

In The Knight and the Firefly, “Oliver the Brave” plays wholeheartedly at being a mighty knight…until nighttime comes and his fear of the dark prevents him from getting to sleep. Phineas introduces Psalm 91 to show Oliver that God will protect and shelter him.

In The Pirate and the Firefly, Oliver wants to play pirate with the other kids…until their game involves actual stealing and bullying. Phineas uses Psalm 1 to remind Oliver that he can never go wrong if he has God as his leader and His Word as a treasure map.

The Firefly Chronicle books present situations and biblical messages that are easily relatable to young children. Oliver turns to his mom and faithful friend who are quickly able to offer God’s truths to help him navigate his troubles. The stories are charmingly illustrated by Daniel Fernandez with lots of action and expressive detail. The costumes, props, and intricately drawn outdoor scenes that are part of Oliver’s playacting enhance the clever tone and feel of the text.

Each book concludes with a Parent Connection page offering tips (“remember, read, think, and do”), which reinforce the lessonsand offer a simple related craft.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ