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Staff Review: Hello Lighthouse
This beautifully illustrated children's picture book traces the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife in a lighthouse on a very tiny island in the middle of the sea. We see the keeper doing his daily chores such as polishing the lamp’s lens, filling the oil and trimming the wick to keep the lighthouse lamp lit. We experience the birth of their first child, what happens when the lighthouse keeper is ill, and a rescue of some sailors whose boat was wrecked on the rocks. If you love lighthouses (as I do) or if you want a beautifully illustrated and historically accurate picture book to share with your children, this is it. I can’t say enough about the stunning, detailed Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, especially those of the sea and the lighthouse. In addition, the end pages provide a short, more detailed history of lighthouses. This is truly a book to be devoured again and again, and then perhaps followed with a family visit to some real lighthouses.