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Beacons of Light

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
FLASH... FLASH... FLASH...A lighthouse signals from the rocky shore, guiding ships away from danger. Once sailors watched for giant bonfires that were set high on hills. Now, most lighthouses are fully automated. In Beacons of Light: Lighthouses, Gail Gibbons tells all about these beautiful and useful structures, using careful explanations, colorful facts, and helpful illu ...more
Published March 23rd 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1st 1990)
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Rebekah Boehme
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Beacons of Light was a beautiful informational text. Gail Gibbons does an excellent job explaining the importance and history of lighthouses in our country. She begins at the very beginning and takes readers through the time periods of the lighthouses. There are beautiful illustrations of each of different lighthouses with labeled parts. Not only does she talk about the lighthouse, Gibbons also tells of the lighthouse keepers and their families. This was a very informative text appropriate for s ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I wish I would have had this book when my grandchildren began asking why I was so interested in lighthouses. Gibbons explains, in a way a young child can understand, why we have lighthouses, the history of the ancient lights, the lamps, light patterns, foghorn, and the lighthouse keeper’s duties. The author ends by answering why: “ . . . lighthouses are still beacons of light to guide and warn of danger and to remind us of the past.”
Courtney Bemiller
Despite today's technology, it is not uncommon for people to get lost every now and then. This also holds true for the captains of ships. That is why lighthouses are important, and in her book "Beacons of Light: Lighthouses", Gail Gibbons provides further details as to the history, structure, and purpose of lighthouses. She also includes pictures of different lighthouses and where they are located. Gibbons also provides a list of interesting books at the end. Although this book is chalk full of ...more
Joanne Cinquemani
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary level readers
Gail Gibbons has written numerous non fiction books for young readers. Gibbon's books are full of colorful illustrations and explanations.
Her books can be used to teach a variety of lessons in both the library and the classroom.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie read for November Pizza Hut reading Challenge...krb 11/10/16 She rates 2 stars
Audrey Harlan
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This book gives a brief history of light houses. The illustrations are really pretty and its a great way to introduce students to what light houses are and how they have evolved.
Enjoyable read.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is chock full of information about lighthouses. The illustrations are also great. I particularly appreciated that the illustrations were of actual lighthouses.
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From I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1944. Even as a little child, I was always busy putting books together. Sometimes I would bind them with yarn to hold the pages together. I've always loved drawing and painting. I was also a very curious child. My parents tell me that I was always asking lots and lots of questions.

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