Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.
It is built to last forever. Sending its light out to sea.
The fog rolls in, and the fog rolls out.
The waves rise and crash. The wind blows and blows...
This beautiful picture book caught my eye on the Goodreads 2018 contest, on the longlist nominated for best picture book. I love picture books, I think they are for all ages, but I also love the sea, the smell of the sea, the coast (although I don't like busy ...more
I thought this was a delight to read and rather interesting too. I don’t think I could live in a place where water beats against the sides of my house and you are so cut off from help.
The niece found this ...more
Lyra (11): 4 stars.The drawings were beautiful and simple. Sweet ...more
The illustrations definitely make the book. They’re gorgeous. Mesmerizing. The illustrations of the lighthouse and especially the natural beauty of the sea, sky, rocks are spectacular. ...more
Sophie Blackall has outdone herself again in this beautifully illustrated book about Lighthouses. I used this as a unit study for our homeschool. It's full of facts and illustrations about the lighthouse. It also tells a unique story about a Keeper and his family as they live inside. It's a beautiful story using rich imagery and simple text to catch the young readers attention. I can not praise the illustrations enough, the art style is just amazing. I love how, at the end of ...more
I'm so glad she won the Caldecott.
There's something a bit haunting about Blackall's paintings. Like you're seeing something ...more
There's not much in the way of plot. Rather, the story shows the day-to-day life of a lighthouse keeper and--eventually--his family. We get to see the inside of a lighthouse and learn about the operation of it. We see the loneliness and the boredom, but also the excitement and danger that comes ...more
This beautifully illustrated children's picture book traces the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife in a lighthouse on a very tiny island in the middle of the sea. We see the keeper doing his daily chores such as polishing the lamp’s lens, filling the oil and trimming the wick to keep the lighthouse lamp lit. We experience the birth of their first child, what happens when the lighthouse keeper is ill, and a rescue of some sailors whose boat was wrecked on the rocks. If you love...more
I didn't see what the author tried to send to the young readers. If the point is to introduce a more dry explanation of lighthouses, maybe that works. But if we want kids to be interested and to have a story there, I think that it is not achieving the goal.
It was funny to think about this and The Light Between Oceans by ...more