Author: Sophie Blackall
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
2019 Caldecott Medal Winner
On the highest rock of a tiny island, a lighthouse stands, towering over the surrounding sea, it’s beams warning ships of danger and beckoning them home. Inside its curved walls, the keeper lives year-round with his wife, tending to the lighthouse’s every need. He polishes the lens and refills the oil. He trims the burned end of the wick. He clangs the warning bells during heavy fog, and rescues sailors during storms. As time passes, the oil lamp is replaced with an electric light and the keeper is no longer needed. But the lighthouse is still there calling out to the sea and land. Told with breathtaking watercolor and ink illustrations from Caldecott medalist, Sophie Blackall.
Your young readers and listeners will love this stunning homage to lighthouses and those who have kept them running for generations. Ages 3-6. 40pp.