"Adult mayflies have very short lives. Jeanne Willis's Mayfly's first day on earth is also her last. During her short span, Mayfly lves a full and intensely happy life - 'This isn't any old day. This is the Best of days. She lives for each moment.' She hears the 'crack of dawn', watches buds open, eggs hatch, babies born. She feels the sun's warmth, the 'kiss of summer rain', experiences a rainbow. Breezes blow, bells chime, birds sing; she 'dances to the music of the universe'. Then, in 'the best of nights', she lays her eggs, blesses her offspring-to-be, and sinks down to watch 'the stars go out'. She has lived a wonderful life. Twenty-four pages of text and pictures that disclose a spectrum of emtions and proclaim an overwhelming joi de vivre; a perfect combination of succinct prose and with warm, delicately coloured illustrations. A gem".

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