The Light at Tern Rock (Newbery Library, Puffin)
Wow! They really don't write them this well anymore. If you want your children (especially if you're buying for boys!) or grandchildren (and your adult children) to learn to be kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving, tolerant, empathetic, forgiving, obedient, respectful, truthful, and see the true meaning of Christmas illustrated - as opposed to Hollywood's version of it - this is your book.
You know you're in heaven when the main adult character, Mrs. Martha Morse, says "...and children shouldn...more
The story concerns Ronnie and his aunt, who have been convinced by the regular keeper of Tern Lighthouse to tend it for several weeks. The keeper promises to return several days early so that Ronnie and his aunt can spend Christmas at home. But, of co...more
A boy and his aunt tending a lighthouse on an otherwise deserted rock outcropping just before Christmas? Sounds perfect! So I set it aside (one boon I get from doing this library project is that the books come to me!)
It's a short book - only 50 or so page...more
This book is specific to lighthouses and c...more
The lighthouse keeper, Mr. Flagg wants to take a quick vacation just before Christmas, but he can’t just abandon the light at Tern Rock – if there’s a storm, the light could save someone’s life. Somebody has to take care of it, and who better than Aunt Martha? And since Ronnie now lives with...more
The lamp chamber always gave Ronnie a strange feeling. You reached it breathless from the long climb, but at the top step something else took over. The sea piling up to the horizon, the expanse of sky, the bold swooping and circling of the gul...more
think of Llama, Llama, Mad at Mamma on a light house w/humans instead of a shoparama w/critters.
Ronnie and Aunt Martha agree to look after the lighthouse while the lighthouse keeper takes a vacation. Instead of being gone two weeks, the keeper is gone a month leaving Ronnie and Aunt Martha to spend Christmas at the lighthouse. At first angry at the lighthouse keeper, Ronnie and Aunt Martha forgive him and manage to have a nice Christmas at the lighthouse.
Even though it's a chapter book with a fairly difficult vocabulary (heliotrope, aghast, doldrums, etc.), it is quite short. I read it aloud to my son in less than a day.
I barrowed this book from my friend and I read it really quick, it was okay but kind of predictable. I think some people would love this book while others will hate it.