Abbie Against the Storm: The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse

Abbie Against the Storm: The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse

by Marcia Vaughan, Bill Farnsworth
     
 

Abbie Burgess helps her father care for a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Maine. Together they tend the lamps, organize supplies, and watch the endless Atlantic waters. When Abbie’s mother becomes ill, her father must sail to the mainland to find food and medicine. While her father is away a fierce winter storm descends, and Abbie must summon

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Abbie Burgess helps her father care for a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Maine. Together they tend the lamps, organize supplies, and watch the endless Atlantic waters. When Abbie’s mother becomes ill, her father must sail to the mainland to find food and medicine. While her father is away a fierce winter storm descends, and Abbie must summon all her courage to care for her ailing mother, comfort her frightened sisters, and keep the flames of the lighthouse burning.
Abbie Against the Storm is based on an actual incident that took place off the coast of Maine in the winter of 1856 and on a real young woman who rose to the challenge of saving her family and countless sailors.

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Vaughan's straightforward narrative conveys the danger of the storm as well as the heroine's bravery and stamina...Farnsworth's resplendent paintings of the turbulent seas heighten the drama and lend the tale immediacy.
Publisher's Weekly

Farnsworth's striking illustrations enhance the tale. With muted tones and misty texture, these lovely drawings add to the sense of urgency Abbie must have felt. The story itself is fascinating in depicting the initiative and courage of young Abbie.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set on an island off the coast of Maine in 1856, this fictionalized account of an actual incident centers on a 17-year-old who diligently assists her father, the keeper of twin lighthouses that flank a stone house. After a supply ship fails to appear and her father sets out in a small dory to fetch food, he leaves Abbie in charge. She rises to the task when a fierce storm descends, tending the flames of the 28 lanterns that illuminate the towers, scraping ice from the exterior glass and rescuing the hens from impending disaster. The hens' eggs keep the family alive during the stormy four weeks that pass before her father's return. Abbie proves herself a vigilant lighthouse keeper: "Not once in all that time did the lights fail. Not one ship floundered. Not one life was lost." Vaughan's (Animal Fair series) straightforward narrative conveys the danger of the storm as well as the heroine's bravery and stamina, but youngsters may pick up on the plot's loose strands. Though she introduces Abbie's three sisters, their mother is mentioned much later in the story, almost incidentally ("Mother's coughing grew worse"), and the fate of twice-mentioned older brother Ben is never resolved. Farnsworth's (The Christmas Menorahs) resplendent paintings of the turbulent seas heighten the drama and lend the tale immediacy. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Lori M. Saporosa
Through beautifully painted illustrations, the story of Abbie's brave adventure of tending the beacon in a lighthouse is told. Among all of her sisters, she alone works with her farther to understand what it means to maintain the light. When her father had to leave to obtain more food and supplies, Abbie must watch over her ailing mother, her sisters, and maintain the light while ice storms and mountainous waves rage around her. She constantly questions her strength and ability, but always remembers what her father taught her. The close bond between father and daughter is evident throughout the story and this closeness helps Abbie persevere and protect her family until her father's return. Based on a real event, this story also includes an epilogue to tells about the rest of Abbie's life.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In 1856, during a ferocious storm, Abbie Burgess single-handedly maintained the lighthouse on a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Combining realistic paintings with lively writing, this oversized picture book turns her exploits into thrilling, almost cinematic drama. Readers meet the 17-year-old on the day she moves to the island with her parents and sisters, a resolute girl determined to help her father mind the lights in their twin towers. When Papa sails to the mainland to replenish their dwindling supplies, he leaves her in charge. An unexpected storm blows up. At its height, huge waves wash over the island, sweeping away outbuildings. For four weeks, Abbie keeps the lights burning, cares for her ailing mother and frightened sisters, and runs the station until the dangerous seas subside and her father can return. Vaughan's fictionalized biography brings the young heroine to life, while the illustrations make the violently changing moods of the sea so palpable that readers can feel her danger and celebrate her courage. Peter and Connie Roop's Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Carolrhoda, 1985) reduces the story to pedestrian controlled vocabulary and the art pales by comparison. The courageous teen also merits a chapter in Candace Fleming's well-researched Women of the Lights (Albert Whitman, 1996). Even if the other titles are owned, this one merits purchase.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582700076
Publisher:
Aladdin/Beyond Words
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
1,477,929
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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