Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Rec Ages 5-10
“On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.”
So begins a journey into the history of the lighthouse and the story of its keeper and his family as they tend to its needs, connected to the outside world by only the supply boat with its tins of beans and the occasional letter.
Epic artwork captures the fury and majesty of the ocean, illustrating the importance of lighthouse and its keeper’s mission. Ms. Blackall’s ‘About Lighthouses’ essay at the back of the book will continue the history lesson. As she writes “Every lighthouse comes with stories of bravery and monotony, routine and adventure” She certainly has captured all of that quite fantastically in this book. This is a terrific jumping off point for a lesson in nautical traditions.