Light House Books
When our youngest finished his A to Z preschool year, I decided to review his letters and sounds, numbers and counting until summer break. With that in mind, I started looking through the library shelves for some interesting books with a summer theme or summer topic. We had already spent a great deal of time in science co-op learning about the ocean and coral reefs, but we hadn't really touched upon light houses.
Last year, for Mother's Day we had hiked to a nearby light house, and I knew our youngest remembered the experience. He knew what a light house was for and the importance of it. Without having to explain this to him, he could simply enjoy two new to us books we found at our local library.
The Bravest Woman in America, by Marissa Moss, describes the true adventures of Ida Lewis in picture book form. Ida grew up with a father who maintained a light house in the mid 1800's on the coast of Rhode Island. Ida helped her father and eventually became the light house keeper. The book we read told about Ida's first time saving lives at sea. Apparently, Ida went on to save many lives and was even awarded the Congressional Life Saving Medal. Following the story, an Author's Note offers a brief biographical sketch of Ida's life and work.
The Sea Chest, by Toni Buzzeo, offered a poetical version of a light keeper legend. Set on the coast of Maine, this book tells the tale of one light house keeper's family who finds a chest wrapped in bedding. Upon opening the chest, the family of three finds a baby with a note attached to her wrist. The family adopts the child and raises her on the light house island. Though the story is based on a legend and its truth is unknown, the story offers readers a sweet reminder of grace and love with the beautiful message of a child being a blessing.
In the past, our older children have enjoyed other light house books.
From our personal book shelves -
Manning the Light, by Terry Webb
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, by Peter Roop and Connie Roop
Linked to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word