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Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019, format-ebooks, format-picture-books

This beautifully illustrated picture book traces the experiences of a lighthouse keeper from his arrival at the lighthouse until his position as keeper becomes obsolete due to technological advances. The lighthouse is shown in all seasons and situations, and the keeper himself lives his life: waiting for his wife to arrive, then reuniting with her, falling ill and having his wife take over his duties while he gets well, welcoming his baby daughter into the world, rescuing the victims of a shipwreck, and, above all, caring for the lighthouse. An author's note at the back of the book explains how Blackall became interested in the subject of lighthouses and quickly describes some of her research.

Though I had to read this book digitally, thereby losing some of its impact, I still really enjoyed the pairing of Blackall's child-friendly, playful text with her detailed illustrations. When I was a kid, I loved any book that showed both the inside and outside of a building, and this book will likely appeal to many of today's kids for that same reason. Blackall also makes great use of different perspectives in her art, especially on the spreads relating to the birth of the lighthouse keeper's baby. Her use of circles reminiscent of portholes is also clever, and it helps the reader to feel the closeness of the small space inside the lighthouse and to remember at all times the roundness of the rooms, and of the telescope lens the keeper uses to look out over the sea.

This is a great book for introducing what a lighthouse is for, and how lighthouses were maintained for many years, as well as an interesting look at the growth of a family in an unusual home. Sophie Blackall has been a favorite illustrator of mine since Big Red Lollipop and Hello, Lighthouse only confirms her position on that list.
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Started Reading
January 15, 2019 – Shelved
January 15, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
January 15, 2019 – Shelved as: format-ebooks
January 15, 2019 – Shelved as: format-picture-books
January 15, 2019 – Finished Reading

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