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Lighthouse Mermaid: Hyperion Chapters
     

Lighthouse Mermaid: Hyperion Chapters

by Kathleen Karr, Karen Schmidt (Illustrator)
 
Kate likes to fill her days daydreaming, but when her father leaves one stormy night, there is no time for daydreaming. Kate must stay awake to keep the lighthouse beacon burning for storm-tossed boats.

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Kate likes to fill her days daydreaming, but when her father leaves one stormy night, there is no time for daydreaming. Kate must stay awake to keep the lighthouse beacon burning for storm-tossed boats.

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Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
Kate lives in a lighthouse on a tiny, isolated island with her parents, four younger brothers and sisters, and a new baby on the way. Sometimes she wishes she was a mermaid, and she often dreams about mermaids. But when Papa has to go ashore to replenish their dangerously dwindling food supply, Kate finds herself faced with tremendous responsibilities and no time to dream. The tale is briskly told and should appeal to the young readers for whom it is intended. One of the Hyperion Chapters books for emerging readers, this story is designed to be read by children at a third grade reading level. The soft black and white drawings are attractive additions to the text.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4--Ten-year-old Kate and her family live in a lighthouse. Her mother, who is about to give birth, is busy with the younger children. Her father, the lighthouse keeper, has been training Kate to assist him. In her spare time, she likes to daydream about mermaids. She is sure that they never have to do chores or put up with little brothers or sisters. When her father must row to the mainland for supplies, he puts Kate in charge of the beacon. A storm comes up and the girl works hard to keep the light burning. During the night, a rowboat is washed ashore. In it, Kate finds what she calls her "mermaids," a human mother and baby who survive a shipwreck. This beginning chapter book has just enough suspense and character development to entice younger readers. Unfortunately, some of the technical information is quickly glossed over. As Kate performs her duties, children may wonder, for example, how the fog bell works or how the oil is piped into the light. Full-page, black-and-white pencil drawings appear throughout. Peter and Connie Roop's Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Carolrhoda, 1985) and Candace Fleming's Women of the Lights (Albert Whitman, 1995) are both about real female lighthouse keepers. The Lighthouse Mermaid is best suited for large collections.--Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786812325
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
04/15/1998
Series:
Hyperion Chapters Ser.
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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