Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities

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Bringing to life an era when rivers, lakes, and oceans were the nation’s highways and lighthouses served as traffic signals and maps, this comprehensive reference provides children with an in-depth history of lighthouses and firsthand stories of the challenges faced by lighthouse keepers. Filled with engaging activities such as learning how to tie a bowline knot and building a model lighthouse, this unique book also includes a field guide to U.S. lighthouses, places to visit, a time line, glossary, websites to ...

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Overview

Bringing to life an era when rivers, lakes, and oceans were the nation’s highways and lighthouses served as traffic signals and maps, this comprehensive reference provides children with an in-depth history of lighthouses and firsthand stories of the challenges faced by lighthouse keepers. Filled with engaging activities such as learning how to tie a bowline knot and building a model lighthouse, this unique book also includes a field guide to U.S. lighthouses, places to visit, a time line, glossary, websites to explore, and a reading list for further study.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Through vivid story-telling and pictures on each page, the history of lighthouses comes alive."  —Curious Parents magazine

"Fascinating."  —createreaders.natlib.govt.nz

"Fun for your whole family."  —Newport Life

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Fascinating.
Newport Life
Fun for your whole family.
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Lighthouses are the beacons of our past and they still attract us. Children run up the steps, into the round rooms, asking what was it like to grow up in a lighthouse. Some of the answers are in House's book. In many short biographies, House introduces lighthouse children and their lives. They lived where they could not find friends easily. They could not get to the library or to school easily. They had to pay close attention to the weather. And when writing about William Spear, Jr., who grew up in Delaware, excitement came just by opening a can of food—if the food was salvaged from a shipwreck. "Mother would open a can hoping that it would be beans or tomatoes, and we would be delighted to find out that it contained peaches or cherries." House melds the disciplines of history, science, and engineering in this book, explaining all aspects using terms and experiments that will attract both readers and doers. While lighthouses as a group are not part of most curricula, the book does address physics of water pressure, the physics of light, and the curvature of the Earth. It also looks at the history of seafaring in the United States and how changes in boats affected the need for lighthouses. But more to the point, the book is just fun, with wonderful photos, interesting biographical sketches, crafts and experiments. It will be enjoyed. Back matter includes lighthouse resources, a selected bibliography, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- This book is noteworthy for the way in which the activities are related to the information in the text. The opening stories about keepers' kids will engage readers. Details of personal experiences, such as a "flying Santa," women keepers, and life aboard a lightship, appear in boxed insets. While making a lighthouse cake or a sponge painting is more fun than scientific, other projects demonstrate the science behind these structures. Readers learn about the challenges of building them, inventions to make them more reliable, and how lighthouses function as historical relics today. The numerous black-and-white reproductions and photos are informational but often poorly reproduced.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527203
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 496,726
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine L. House is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, FamilyFun magazine, FamilyTree magazine, and the New Jersey Lighthouse Society's newsletter. She has visited more than 100 lighthouses in the U.S. and Canada.

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