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The Lighthouse Cat

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In an old lighthouse, where a twenty-four-candle lantern lights a sparkling blue-green sea, dwell a solitary keeper and his little companion -- a cat called Mackerel. Together the two climb up, up, up to watch over the nighttime sea and down, down, down to eat and play.

On one stormy night, the quick rush of a fierce wind darkens every candle. Soon an errant fishing boat, l
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 20th 2004 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2004)
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Being a lighthouse keeper is a lonely job that requires much dedication. Each night the lighthouse keeper climbs up, up, up the stairs to light the twenty four candles in the lighthouse beacon. Each morning he climbs the stairs again to extinguish the candles and perform the daily maintenance that keeps the light visible to passing ships.

One afternoon, the supply ship arrives with groceries for the lighthouse keeper. In addition to the usual food and supplies, the supply ship is also carrying a
Rosa Cline
This is an absolutely wonderful book! The storyline and the illustrations! (The illustrations would be beautiful on a wall as paintings!) This book will capture your heart even if you don't like lighthouses or cats but if you enjoy those things you will be hooked! A special book explaining how a lonely lighthouse keeper finds a friend in a cat, and how the candles go out and how important it is to keep the candles lit. The cat meows out to the neighborhood cats and they all end up helping a fish ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I like that this story is about a cat and a lighthouse. I just don't really like stories like this that have such unrealistic events in them. Well, I guess it is supposed to be good for the imagination.
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week, because the cat looks quite a bit like one of our cats, and because of the lighthouse. He loves lighthouses -- not sure why.

Holy Mackerel! This is a long book! This is probably the best story that I didn't read in its entirety. For the most part, I just read the first paragraph on every page. If something crucial happened in the story in other paragraphs, I read them, too. So I probably read about a third of the book. The sto
Sharon Maroldi
Well written and lengthy for a bedtime book, but worth it. The lighthouse keeper suffers a setback and his candles blow out in the storm, luckily the cat he recently discovered, Mackerel, is able to summon every cat in the neighborhood, they all get to the top of the lighthouse and their gleaming, bright eyes, are like a beacon for the boat. Nice - especially, if your child has or loves cats.
I agree with the other reviewers - the pictures are gorgeous, the history is interesting, but the drama is a bit too fantastical.
cats glowing eyes save the day when the candles blow out
Beautiful artwork and very realistic cats
Love how the cats helped out.
Very charming.
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